At the beginning of each yoga class, I invite my students to stand in Tadasana, the mountain pose. As they stand still, I bring their attention to their feet, to the contact with the mat. I take it further and ask them to imagine that they are on the bare earth, breathing in the energy from the earth into their body.
Starting the class in such a way brings the students to a relaxed and focused stage. They are a lot more “in their body” than they were when they entered the hall. They are ready to get the most out of the rest of the class.
Grounding seems to be able to instantly relax us and bring us back into our body, no matter how scattered our mind was before. Just a few moments standing barefoot in the grass, walking in nature, looking at a flower or a tree will have a relaxing effect.
With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, it is easier than ever to be outside, in nature. It only takes a few minutes so go for a short walk on the way to work or on the way home, stand in the garden barefoot, look at a beautiful flower, at the birds in the sky…
If you don’t have the opportunity to spend time outside, invite nature in your home with a house plant, or by planting seeds.
Anything to bring you in touch with nature and – seamlessly, effortlessly – with yourself, away from the worries, stress and tiredness of daily life.