If like me, you’ve been doing yoga for a few years, you’ll have come across the Chakra system. The first chakra, muladhara, is the root chakra and is all about grounding. It’s our foundation, our roots.
Being grounded can bring up different visuals. For some, standing upright with ones feet solidly planted is what grounding means, while for others might visualize spending time with family members. Both visuals have one thing in common and it’s the act of slowing down. Simply slowing down once in a while, can you get grounded.
We all lead busy lives and have a million and one thing to do, but stopping even for just a few minutes and getting grounded is a very soothing practice. Carla Naumburg wrote a great article entitled “Heal the Hurry with Mindfulness: A Mindful Parenting Guest Post“, in which she offers this exercise:
- Wherever you are, standing or sitting, notice your feet on the ground.
- Imagine the earth beneath you.
- Feel your feet.
- Soften the muscles in your legs.
- Feel the pelvic bone point down toward the earth.
- Relax the belly.
- Feel your chest lifting up slightly toward the earth from the back of the heart.
- Imagine an expansive collarbone.
- Feel the crown of the head rise up to the sky.
- Come into your Breath.
- Focus on the exhale.
- Exhale Fully — all the way out.
- Notice the deep inhale that arrives now.
- Do this three times.
- Then ask, “What’s the next right thing to do?”
I often find myself benefiting from this exercise immensely while in difficult situations such as waiting for security check at the airport, sitting in traffic jams or on hold listening to dreadful elevator music. Next time you catch yourself feeling like you are about to blow up and scream, give it a try.