If it wasn’t for my grounding yoga practice, I can safely say I wouldn’t be able to handle half of the things that have come my way over the past few years. This is not to say that I’ve got it all figured out, it’s quite the contrary in fact. There are times when I’m irrational, emotional, and all around messy, but it’s always my practice that brings me back to center.
To give you and idea of what’s been going on, over the past few years I’ve gone through a divorce, moved twice (if you count the one right ahead of me next week), started a new relationship (lovely!), seen friends pass in and out of my life, watched cancer take over my mom’s body, lost family members, left a wonderful job in order to seek health insurance, said new job now puts me in what I think might be the most dysfunctional office I’ve ever seen, went through an intense yoga teacher training program and became a teacher, started a new business venture, ended a new business venture, struggled to keep my health in check, drastically reorganized my finances, and decided that no matter how crazy, I’m going to chase my dreams. That’s a lot, but it’s also life and we all have our stuff to go through. I truly believe we aren’t given anything we can’t handle and that’s why I’m thankful I have yoga to help me through it all.
It’s very easy to think we’re “okay” when the storms of life start brewing, but what I’ve found is that it’s actually more “okay” to admit that you’re stressed out. For me, the first step in getting control of the situation and my sanity is to realize that I am actually overwhelmed. Practice gives me this clarity. Practice gives me an opportunity to settle within this awareness. Practice allows me the space to consider alternatives, make peace with my mistakes, and ultimately move forward with grace.
As I prepare for my Get Grounded workshop this weekend I keep coming back to the question “why is this so important? Why do I feel that people need to get grounded?” The answer is very simple. Grounding is the opportunity to reconnect with your body, your breath, and Mother Earth. Grounding is essential in standing up for what you believe in and taking action to make change. You may think you are the smartest, most spiritual person in the world, but without a steady, grounding practice you’ll find yourself floating off into the ethers while the rest of deal with our problems here on earth. Grounding is coming to terms with our roots and accepting where we are at in life while developing the tools to navigate through it all.
One of my most favorite ways to get grounded is to kick off my shoes, walk barefoot in the grass while taking long, deep breaths. It’s that simple! I’ll share more tips this weekend, but I want to know…how do you stay grounded? What grounding postures do you find most beneficial? How often do you reconnect to your roots?
Read more of my thoughts on getting grounded at ihanuman!