Loveletter Archives : Get Grounded

It’s really important that we feel grounded – it’s the only way to soar!

Some of my favourite ways to ground are :-

  • Eating Pumpkin Soup (I even did this in tropical Bali!)
  • Journaling – Writing New & Reading Old Entries
  • Maintaining a Daily Yoga & Meditation Practice
  • Reminiscing with Friends & Family
  • Expressing Gratitude & Setting Intentions under the Moon
  • Walking Barefoot in Nature – “Earthing”

 

Earthing

Though still considered a psuedoscience by some, “Earthing” is gaining popularity and exposure around the world. This in turn leads to more studies being carried out and so the amount of usable data grows and grows.

It’s an exciting time watching intuitive tradition meet modern science.

See Dr Koniver MD talking more about the benefits the latest studies are highlighting here. Whether the data currently backs it up or not, many of us already know walking barefoot on the grass – or the earth or the sand – definitely helps us to feel connected to ourselves and to the natural world around us. And that is grounding indeed. 
 

How will you root down?

Perhaps making time to connect with family and friends.
Or committing to setting aside time for your Passion Project.
Maybe you’ll heed that call and go walking barefoot this month? Dare to Bare and get connected to nature!
Or will you nurture yourself with pumpkin pie and restorative yoga?

 

A Pose to Ground

Akin to a Restorative “Puppy”, this pose is super relaxing due to the comfort of having something in contact with your tummy.
In nature, showing your belly is a sign of submission; this is because it’s an incredibly vulnerable area.
Having the belly down – “protected” – and in contact with the “earth” below (bolsters/cushions/pillows/rolled up duvet) signals to the nervous system that it’s OK to RELAX.
 

This pose can also be great in alleviating lower back  and neck pain and (some) digestive issues…

  • Raised hips gives the sacrum & lumbar a nice release
  • Middle bolster between hips and ribs gives an abdominal massage with each breath
  • Helps to combat “tech neck” (make sure you switch sides!)
  • Stimulates svadisthana and manipura chakras

Try this one in bed for even more comfort!

Final Thoughts

How will you root down?

Perhaps making time to connect with family and friends.
Or committing to setting aside time for your Passion Project.
Maybe you’ll heed that call and go walking barefoot this month? Dare to Bare and get connected to nature!
Or will you nurture yourself with pumpkin pie and restorative yoga?

 

Namaste

Originally published in the March Nirmala Loveletter, 2018. To sign up for the latest Loveletter, click here.

Jeannette Amy (Nette) Hopkinson (BSc Hons Sports & Life Sciences) is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher and Oneness Blessing Giver based in Andalucía.

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