Happy New Year, friends! For our first practice of 2019, we are grounding into this new year. The holidays can be a wonderful time, but they can also leave us feeling frazzled, scattered, and out of sorts. Grounding techniques like grounding yoga poses and meditations can help us come back to ourselves.
Grounding techniques are ones I come back to quite often, as I find that the world is constantly trying to unground me.
But what does it even mean to be grounded? And how do we become ungrounded?
To be grounded is to feel stable. To feel safe and steady. To know that you belong and to feel secure in your belonging.
Grounding is important because it’s the foundation on which we can grow. In order to work on any other aspects of ourselves, we need to know that we are safe and steady.
It’s difficult to tap into creativity or compassion when we feel unstable. It’s hard to speak our truth or follow our intuition when we feel insecure.
The Muladhara Chakra has to do with all of these feelings, and grounding techniques and practices all activate the root chakra. I won’t delve into the first chakra here – if you’d like to read about the first chakra, you can do so in this blog post.
But basically, when our first chakra is out of whack, it’s going to affect all of our other chakras. So when we’re ungrounded, the rest of our being feels it.
Related: The Root Chakra, Muladhara Chakra
What ungrounds us?
Many things can have an ungrounding effect. Travel is a big one, especially if you’re flying because you’re literally leaving the ground. But really, anything that takes us out of our routine can unground us.
So changes, whether big or small, positive or negative, can unground us. Some examples: losing a loved one, getting married, moving – across the world or across town, changing jobs/careers, changes in schedule, holidays.
So the holidays, while a nice break from the day-to-day, can leave us feeling a bit out of it – that’s part of why it’s so hard to go back to work after!
Some of these things are wonderful and some of them aren’t, but they can all leave us feeling a bit out of sorts.
That’s not so say that we should avoid anything that takes us out of routine, or avoid being challenged or pushed out of our comfort zone. All of these things contribute to our growth, so they are important.
What we want is to be able to remain grounded throughout all of life’s changes. And the more grounded we are in our day-to-day lives, the more grounded we remain when life gets whacky.
So how do we stay grounded? What are these grounding practices?
Root chakra practices are perfect for grounding, as a balanced root chakra brings emotional stability and a sense of being able to cope with whatever life throws at you.
When the root chakra is balanced, you feel grounded, yet free.
There are a number of ways to find this balance.
You can find calm by taking your attention inward. Grounding meditation practices are wonderful for this.
Volunteering or acts of kindness and compassion can also help to ground us in the present moment and remind us, not only of what’s important, but of how much we already have.
You can ground your energy by reconnecting to the earth. Take time to be out in nature – a walk in the park or on the beach can have incredibly grounding effects.
And of course, grounding yoga practices (like the one below). Grounding yoga poses are ones that help us reestablish our connection to the earth. They are poses where we can really feel ourselves root down into the earth beneath us.
This week’s practice is exactly that.
I’ll meet you on the mat.