Having trouble focusing or sleeping soundly through the night? Remaining grounded within your physical body is a valuable daily practice to explore. Below are three main areas that will help ease you into the Fall season more comfortably.
Spending time outside is one of the many ways you can ground yourself. Here are three different ways you can get outside and literally connect yourself to the Earth:
Dig in the Dirt – Consider planting a fall garden, some pansies, or prepping your greenhouse for this winter’s crop. Just having your hands in the dirt can help reconnect you to the deep earthy richness always available to you.
Walk Barefooted – Step outside and place your bare feet in the grass, in a stream or in the sand. Similar to your hands playing in dirt, but this time it’s your feet.
Go for a Stroll – Find the nearest greenspace or park, and go for a walk or hike. The longer you spend outside, the better connected you’ll feel to the world around you.
We all know we feel better after we’ve practiced yoga. Here are three ways yoga can help you feel steadier:
Two Footed Poses – During the fall season, we encourage you to practice more two footed poses like mountain, goddess, warrior two, and chair.
Restorative Yoga – Spending 15 minutes or more in a restorative yoga posture like a supported savasana will help your nervous system move into the relaxation response leaving you feeling calmer and clearer.
Slower Physical Practice – Many of us love to practice power vinyasa or move quickly through our physical practice. Now is the time to slow down your practice and stay in a posture for longer (3-5 breaths).
Incorporate these last three ‘extras’ into your practice to elevate that grounding vibe:
Crystals – Hold a crystal such as black tourmaline, hematite, pyrite, smoky quartz, or tiger eye in your hand while meditating or practicing restorative yoga.
Essential oils – Use an essential oil diffuser to set the mood with fragrances like lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and orange. You can also light a candle with a grounding scent.
Music – Slower tempo songs not played in a major key can help invoke a warm feeling. Listen to artists like Avahara, Alex Theory, Sacred Earth, Garth Stevenson, Hammock, Jon Hopkins, Goldmund, or Shiva Rea who are known for their soothing sounds.
We encourage you to give all of them a try. See which practices work well for you right now. And if possible, find one from each area that you like, and then use all three practices to increase your ability to feel more stable in your physical body, as well as your mind.