How do we know if we are well grounded? What does it provide us with? Consider how we may feel when we lose our ground, when we feel uprooted: insecure, a need to be on our guard, wary and defensive, vulnerable. We may find ourselves being overly critical of ourselves and perhaps others. Or we may latch onto a mooring to make us feel more stable. This could be friends, familiar routines, even food that soothes us.
What do we associate with a sense of being well grounded? A sense of vitality yet with inner calm, comfortable in our own skin, a sense of openness and trusting, ability to stand on our own two feet.
So in your asana practice, be well grounded, notice if you start to lose your ground and stand firm again. Explore ways to maximise this sense of grounding, embody it. Breathe... feel your connection to the earth and rely on it, use it, play with it, learn how to maximise it within each asana. Create firm roots for long shoots.
Ruth teaches yoga in Cheltenham UK, weaving yoga philosophy into the asana practice to help students connect yoga on the mat to their lives off the mat.