Six Yoga Poses to Feel Grounded

June 25, 2021

To feel grounded is to feel present, stable and securely fastened in the moment.  

What is Grounding and What Does Yoga Have to Do With it?

The term grounding can be used to describe a personality trait, a physical sensation and an emotional quality. To feel grounded is to be centered and connected with what’s going on in the present. In contrast, feeling ungrounded can lead to a lack of concentration, difficulty completing tasks or a sense of being emotionally elsewhere.

Physical movement in general is a great way to cultivate a sense of grounding. Practicing yoga asanas can be especially beneficial in helping you to get out of your head and back into your physical body.

In a yoga practice, the term grounding can be used to describe an energetic sensation and / or a physical action. In balancing postures your teacher may instruct you to “ground down” meaning you need to bring awareness into all points of your body that are making contact with the mat. You may also be told to focus your energy down to stay grounded. This means working with your breath and your concentration to stay in the moment and be present in your physical body.

What are some grounding yoga poses / asanas ?

  • Tadasana (mountain pose)
  • Utkatasana (chair pose)
  • Vrksasana (tree pose)
  • Anjaneyasana (low lunge)
  • Balasana (child's pose)
  • Savasana (corpse pose)

Poses such as Vrksasana and Anjaneyasana require a certain level of balance and may initially feel unstable for those just getting started with yoga asana. With time and repetition, practicing balancing asanas can be profoundly helpful in creating a sense of mental stability.

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By Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2021

Practicing yin and restorative yoga can be a soothing way to shift to a more grounded headspace. These two types of yoga tend to focus on asanas that stay low to the ground, allowing for a lot of physical connection with the mat. Poses are held for longer periods of time, allowing the yoga practitioner to feel into each individual pose and to cultivate a sense of presence. The next time you find that your plate is a little too full or that your head is a bit up in the clouds, consider working with grounding postures to center yourself back to here, the present moment.

Victoria Maybee l Mukha YogaBy Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2021

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