Being grounded and in touch with your emotions is more important than ever during this time of constant change. Fall around the corner, and yoga can help to keep you grounded during the changing of the seasons and all of the changes our society is facing. The following poses allow you to just “be,” while performing subtle stretches. If you follow along with all poses of the practice, we will start with grounding into the Earth with our sit bones, and progress into grounding into the Earth with our feet.
- Sukhasana (Easy pose)
Even though this is named Easy Pose, the simplicity of it allows for the mind to dig deep, making it more difficult. While the sit bones dig into the Earth and your hands gently rest on the thighs, allow yourself to feel; give yourself permission to feel whatever you are feeling and don’t judge yourself for your own thoughts.
- Upavistha Bitilasana Marjaryasana (Seated Cat-Cow Pose)
You may be familiar with the Cat-Cow Pose done while on the knees, but this position allows for a subtle transition from Easy Pose. Like the previous pose, this pose is done while on the sit bones. Accompany the movement between Cat and Cow with deep breathing. When in Cat, absorb everything that is weighing you down at the moment. When you are in Cow, let everything that you just absorbed flow down your back and off your shoulders.
- Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
This pose opens up the hips and provides a deep stretch to the root chakra. Open your chest to the sky as you deepen this stretch and press into the mat. Feel the firmness of the ground beneath your hands and thank Mother Earth that you have a place to practice yoga.
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Rising to the feet after all of those ground poses should feel slightly exhilarating. While you stand tall and open your hands, receive the positive things that the world has for you. Think of the beautiful things that the Earth has to offer, and draw these positive thoughts and feelings into your heart.
- Vrksasana (Tree pose)
After you find balance in this pose, let your mind drift to the thought of how we are not so unlike trees. Feel your roots running through the Earth and think about where you came from and where you are today. What growing pains and experiences have you gone through to make you the person you are right now?
- Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
In this pose, we focus on our strength. While we appreciate what we have gone through and remember it, we focus our eyes forward. Feel your feet push into the ground. Feel free to recite mantras such as “I am strong,” or “I am a warrior,” in this pose.
- Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
In this last pose, our feet are firmly planted on the ground, while one of our arms extends down and one extends towards the sky. This pose creates some great rotation in the body while developing strength. As we look up, we realize the importance of a connection to Mother Earth.