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Getting Grounded for Fall With Abby Tucker

August 21, 2016

Grounded is a state of balance and sensibility. A state in which we are able to observe and respond to the occurrences in our life clearly and make conscious decisions.

Staying grounded is a constant practice and cultivating it allows us to tap into our own strength during times of turbulence, discomfort, and confusion.

I had the pleasure of sitting with Abby Tucker, beloved teacher, priestess and mystic, to discuss exactly what it means to be grounded and learn how to integrate grounding into the practice of yoga.

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Nicole: Why is it important to ground?

Abby: We spend so much time in the whirl of activity in our lives and in our minds. This pulls our energy up and creates feelings of disconnection that we can’t quite pinpoint. This often shows up as distraction, anxiety, frustration, and dissatisfaction. When we do grounding practices, we stay in deeper connection to our bodies, to each other and to the earth.

Nicole: How can yoga help us to achieve this state?

Abby: It’s not a given state in yoga practice. In fact, a vast amount of yoga focuses on a transcendent viewpoint that takes us up and out of embodiment as its goal. That is not the philosophical view that I practice or offer. And, even practices that celebrate embodiment can tend to overly focus on the upper body as a foundation. Getting grounded in yoga can depend on what types of poses you choose, the pranayama or mudra you practice, and much more.

Nicole: When do you find it helpful to ground? What does grounding do for you?

Abby: Anytime there are extra demands, I find grounding practices, in particular, to be very helpful. So, times when life gets overscheduled or when there is an expected or unexpected transition. Grounding, to me, has the effect of remembering the connection to my body, to the earth, to others, and to Source.

Sequence for Grounding: 

This sequence helps support a deep feeling of connection to the Earth and to your lower body. Throughout the practice maintain awareness on your breath, all your points of foundation and the connection to and from your legs into/out of your pelvis. If you find that raising your arm overhead in Parsvakonasana creates a distraction from your legs or foundation, place your hand on your heart.

Balasana/Child's Pose

1. Balasana/Child’s Pose

Bhujangasana/Cobra Pose

2. Bhujangasana/Cobra Pose

Vajrasana with crescent (both sides)

3/4. Vajrasana with crescent (both sides)

Vajrasana with crescent (both sides)

Adho Mukha Svanasana/ Downward-Facing Dog

5. Adho Mukha Svanasana/ Downward-Facing Dog

Utthita Parsvakonasana/ Extended Side Angle (Right Side)

6. Utthita Parsvakonasana/ Extended Side Angle (Right Side)

Utthita Parsvakonasana/ Extended Side Angle (Right Side)

 

Ardha Hanumanasana

7. Ardha Hanumanasana / Half Splits

Anjaneyasana/ Lunge

8.Anjaneyasana/ Lunge

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana / Half Pigeon

9. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana / Half Pigeon (Right Side)

Malasana / Frog Squat

10. Malasana / Frog Squat

Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward-Facing Dog

11. Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward-Facing Dog

Ardha Parsvakonasana (Left Side)/ Extended Side Angle

12. Ardha Parsvakonasana (Left Side)/ Extended Side Angle

.Anjaneyasana/ Lunge[Insert image #10]

13. Anjaneyasana/ Lunge

Ardha Hanumanasana / Half Splits

14. Ardha Hanumanasana / Half Splits

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Left Side)

15. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Left Side) / Half Pigeon

Malasana / Frog Squat

16. Malasana / Frog Squat

Adho Mukha Svanasana

17. Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward Facing Dog

Balasana/Child's Pose

18. Balasana/Child’s Pose

Cheers to a grounded fall!

Nicole Lindstrom is a travel writer based in New York City. She is the creator and editor of the online travel guide GLDMNE and co-author of Wanderlust, A Modern Yogi’s Guide To Discovering Your Best Self.

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