Whether you have your own personal practice, or you only do yoga in a group, there are a few ways you can find grounding in any type of practice, on any kind of day.
- Slow your breath. Take slower, deeper, longer breaths. Take care not to exaggerate the breath, but deepen it by breathing in for just 1 or 2 seconds longer, and breathing out for 1 or 2 seconds longer. Keep this deep breathing awareness when you’re still and also when you’re moving.
- Feel the earth. Take note of where your body is connected to the earth. It might be your feet, your seat, your hands, your elbows. Whatever body part is touching the earth, get a sense of gravity supporting you.
- Expand your body on the earth. If your feet are on the floor, spread your toes. If you’re on your hands, spread your fingers and palms. If you’re laying on your back, imagine the back of your body expanding on the mat.
- Take a moment to pause. Being still is a great place to ground your energy. Take one full breath to pause between poses or during a transition. Connect to the stillness by allowing one full inhale and exhale accompanied by no movement.
- Get comfortable. Get out your sweaters and comfy pants for the winter. Make sure to get as cosy as you can in savasana by wrapping up in a blanket, warm sock, or anything else that will help you to settle after your practice.
Enjoy incorporating any or all of these tips in your practice. They don’t take any effort except for just being present, aware, and loving your space.