I don't know about you but my week has felt a bit like a whirlwind! In Sydney restrictions are slowly easing up, which brings its lot of excitement tinged with nervousness. Everyone I speak to is asking themselves am I ready to go back to the hustle and bustle of life??
In times when things feel new & agitated, I like to turn to the practice of grounding. To ground is to connect to the body and the tug of the earth, to rest in gravity. In doing so we create a stable foundation, so we're not so easily uprooted by life.
For me, to ground is also about welcoming all the ways in which we can be supported. We spend so much time "up in our heads" that we can fail to consider simple tangible help at our disposal. It's a true mental shift to think that you don't have to carry it all all the time. Instead you can let yourself be carried a little...
So take a pause to consider what could help you feel more steady & anchored as you step back out into the frenzy of everyday life.
And read on for a few suggestions from the Yogic playbook ;)
✨ YOGIC TOOLBOX ✨
How exactly do you "get grounded"? Here are some suggestions!
🌿 Get out in nature. If you can, put the soles of your feet on the soil. Get your hands dirty. Lie down in the grass. Consciously notice how your weight is carried by the earth. This helps your body discharge stress, self-regulate, sync with its natural rhythm.
🧘🏻♀️ Do a body scan. This is one of my favorite kind of meditation! The idea is to do a sweep of your whole body with your attention. In a seated posture, start by noticing the parts that are in contact with the floor, then make your way up slowly, as if your body were a dark house, and you turn on the light in each room you visit. You can also do this guided meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
🌳 Stand like a Tree. Tree pose helps to bring awareness in the feet and legs which are the structural foundations of the body. In order to balance on one leg we first need to establish the right relationship to the earth, and of course stay present. Join me in this Tree tutorial where we explore this principle called yielding.
🤸🏻♀️ DO YOGA WITH ME 🤸🏻♀️
You can now find me in a few studios across Sydney! I'm also available to teach small group classes & privates upon request.
💙 Manumission - Monday 6am, 7am / Wednesday 6am
(In person + online)
💜 My Asana - Tuesday 9am / Thursday 9am (In person)
💚 Botannix - Sunday 8am (Online only for now. Intermediate)
💛 Yogatime - Sunday 5pm (In person)
There's still time to join the last Crow like a Pro workshop next Wednesday at 6:30pm! We'll play with Side Crow, working to Koundinyasana. Here's the Zoom link, just drop in.
Thanks for reading all the way. I wish you a beautiful weekend!