Definition - What does Grounding mean?

Grounding is connecting with the earth both physically and spiritually. On a physical level, grounding involves practicing yoga poses that facilitate this connection to Earth, including proper techniques to ensure a solid base – for example, making sure all points of the feet are connected to the earth. On a spiritual level, it means tapping into the grounding energy of the earth (and the universe).

Spiritual grounding is achieved through asana practice and other yoga techniques such as meditation, chanting mantras and pranayama breathing exercises. Balancing the muladhara (root) chakra also facilitates grounding and offers a sense of security and safety.

Yogapedia explains Grounding

Grounding is key to physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. It creates emotional stability, and calms and clarifies the mind. It helps one to deal with traumatic or stressful situations and crises. Grounding also keeps the yogi focused on the present moment and facilitates a shift in consciousness, promoting spiritual growth.

Some grounding yoga poses include:

  • Tadasana (mountain pose)
  • Vrksasana (tree pose)
  • Virabhadrasana I (warrior I pose)
  • Savasana (corpse pose)
  • Virasana (hero pose)
  • Balasana (child's pose)
  • Sukhasana (easy pose)
  • Trikonasana (triangle pose)
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