Autumn is a time of Vata: dryness and wind, and with this comes the challenge of grounding. Grounding through the body helps to ease the mind, and when we feel off center and the aches and pains start to crawl into our legs, it’s time to find some more mindfulness to be able to ground a little bit better.
The feet are our stabilizers, and everything stacks from them. The body is a moving puzzle, and as we change our shape and begin to move, the way we stack things will come about differently, especially when we add exhaustion, stress in general, uncomfortable shoes, or just a little lack of mind-body connection into the mix. Mindfulness is like a wave, we bring ourselves into it and out of it during the day. When we begin to notice ourselves slouching, if we take this moment to stack everything like Jenga, we can help to alleviate discomfort and bring mental clarity into the situation of which you stand.
A general rule of thumb is that the feet are our stabilizers. They are the foundation at the bottom of the house; that if off center, will begin to tetter to one side, bringing the occupants that sit on it, (Femur and hips to the spine, the rib cage, the shoulders, and skull.) to a different level of height and pressure.
To begin to feel your foundation, pick up the arches in the foot, bring the toes up off of the ground and balance on these four points.
Press the feet into the Earth and press the Earth into the feet, then draw up through the kneecaps. As you get to the point where you are going through the motions through the feet, the kneecaps rise and the quads are activated already.
Okay, so we have feet, knees, and quads…. What about the shins and the ankles? To find grounding, arrange the shins over the ankles and heels. Make sure you are not hyperextending the ankle, and that the big toe mound and the medial part of the heel haven’t raised up from the floor.
we stack hips over heels,
hip points stack under rib points,
shoulders down the back,
grow from the spine,
gentle lift in the back of the skull.
Close your eyes.
Feel how grounded you feel. Do you feel relief? Stacking the shins in the right place will bring a feeling of release and stability in the knees. The knees are symbolic of transition and change, and to feel grounded through change is one powerful feeling.
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