“Flying starts from the ground. The more grounded you are, the higher you fly.” – J.R. Rim
There is a lot happening in the world, and it can be easy to get caught up in the collective fear and uncertainty. We are constantly being bombarded with negative images from the news and social media so it is important to take a break, turn inwards and return to a state of grounding and calm.
Being grounded means that you feel safe and secure in your own skin and within your life. It means that you have a stable foundation that allows you to roll with the punches and deal with the ups and downs of life. Everyone could use some grounding, so check out our suggestion here.
In this email you will find 3 yin poses and 3 acupressure points that are all wonderful for cultivating calm and grounding. You can do them whenever you feel you need a little break during the day, you can also start your day with this little practice or perhaps do it before going to sleep.
If it resonates with you, put on some peaceful music while doing the poses and otherwise you can also do the practice in quiet. I recommend that you hold the poses for 3-5 minutes while relaxing as much as possible and taking deep breaths all the way into your belly. The acupressure points you can hold and/or gently massage for 30-60 seconds, again while breathing deeply and slowly into your lower belly where the Dan Tien, your Taoist healing centre, is located.
Remember to always listen to your body and come out of the pose if it starts to hurt in any way. I also recommend that you do a one minute rebound simply laying on your back in between to feel the echo of the pose.
3 Yin Poses for Grounding and Calm
Keep these poses yin-style for 3-5 minutes, turn your attention inwards while inhaling deeply and exhaling completely.
We all know and love Child’s pose. With this pose we can bring everything together, tuning inwards, finding the way back home to our centre. Connecting our third eye to mother earth, therefore strengthening our intuition. Here we also activate the Bladder meridian to help us with being emotionally stable.
For the ultimate grounding and calm do the pose with the knees together and arms by your side. If you are pregnant or otherwise unable to do the pose with the knees together you always have the option of doing a wide legged variation of the pose.
If you have sensitive knees or ankles please take care of them and use blankets as needed. If your head doesn’t reach the floor you can place a block, book, pillow or blanket underneath your forehead.
This is such a wonderful pose for opening up the heart. It works with our Kidney meridian and helps us to cultivate a basic trust in life, letting go of subconscious fear.
Sit on your mat and place a bolster (or blankets/pillows) behind you – place it as close to your lower back as possible. Then come into butterfly position with your legs. You can place the feet further away from your body and create a diamond-like shape. Then slowly lie down so your lower back is on the bolster and your head is on the floor and your heart is open. Place your arms overhead or outside.
Legs Up The Wall
This pose is known for its relaxing benefits. It is a lovely pose to do before going to bed to help your body get ready to sleep. And as with all inversions in yoga, this is a true “Fountain of Youth’. Reversing our blood flow, strengthening our cardiovascular system and helps preventing varicose veins, heart and brain stroke. It is also said that brining more blood flow to the head helps with the wrinkles in our face 😉
Come close to the wall and “slide” your legs up the wall. Make sure you are as close as possible to the wall. If it feels better for you, you always have the option of placing a bolster under your lower back.
You can place your arms down the side, on your stomach or overhead. Do what works best for you.
3 Acupressure Points for Grounding and Calm
You can use these points for yourself or your near ones by applying gentle pressure with love and healing intention.
Kidney 1 is the lowest and most grounding point on the body, particularly useful to release any excess energy and nervousness. It calms the heart and clears the mind.
The point is located in the first third middle under the sole on the base of the ball of the
If it resonates with you, you can massage and/or put pressure on this point while having your legs in the butterfly pose but before lying down.
If you are feeling anxious and you want to cultivate calm this is a fantastic point. Here we can release nervousness and restlessness, inviting harmony and balance.
Heart 7 is located at the end of the ulna at the wrist cease.
The spleen meridian energy is known for cultivating the feeling of being present and at home within ourselves in Taoism. Spleen 6 is a wonderful point for calming a worried mind and bringing us back to being mindful. It is one of the most yin points we have on the body (the other one is Kidney 1 which is mentioned above).
The point is located four fingers up the inside ankle along the medial crest of the tibia. (Do not use this point if pregnant due to its uterus reactivity.)
“It turns out that people who are grounded and secure don’t change much under stress. That’s what being grounded means.” – Michael Gruber
I hope you enjoy this little practice and that it will bring you deep grounding and calm.
Love always, Alex