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.
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.
Cheers to a grounded fall!