Earthing yoga has become a popular trend among yogis who practice yoga around the world. Earthing yoga focuses on the theory that is known as ‘grounding’, it means an individual walks barefoot outside and is able to ground their body to the earth’s surface. It is also based in the way of life of our early ancestors wherein their close relationship with nature allowed them to tap into the healing energy of nature which helped them live healthier lives.
The earth element symbolizes balance, stability, and the energy that nurtures all living things. When our physical bodies connect to the Earth, our minds are able to benefit from this grounding, stable energy as well. Being stable and balanced mentally and physically can help an individual cope with stress and difficult situations with more grace.
The energy that flows from the earth has a negative charge. It is full of electrons and offers a perfect source of antioxidants and free radical electrons. The body and the earth have a constant relationship with one another as there is a continuous flowing of energy between the two. By being grounded and having your feet in contact with earth, your body is able to absorb a tremendous amount of negative charge which results to being the body receiving large amounts of antioxidants that greatly help the body.
The earth element greatly complements the other elements accordingly. By having stability and balance in everything, this allows an individual to live his life fully. Excessive contact with earth can bring about feelings of stubbornness and materialism, while small amounts of it cause instability, lack of energy, and erratic feelings to the individual affected. Focus on the earth element by practicing earthing yoga and incorporate it into your life, by living according to its principles.
There are different ways for an individual to connect with the earth in order to experience the different benefits to the body, mind, and spirit. Earthing yoga is easy to do and offers a low-cost way to improve an individual’s overall well-being.
- Performing yoga without a mat – Performing yoga outside without a mat, allows an individual to connect their feet to the grass, soil, sand, or dirt and it is a great process of performing earthing yoga. When in direct contact with the earth, the concentration and meditation of an individual is greatly enhanced. When in constant connection with nature, the flow of energy feels intense and the individual is able to feel the comfort and calmness of nature. When able to perform yoga outside without a mat, it allows an individual to embrace change and promotes non-attachment to the feelings of familiarity that is happening around us.
- Mountain Pose or also known as Tadasana in Sanskrit. Tada literally means mountain. It is the known foundation of standing yoga poses. It is a great starting position, resting pose, and it also helps improve an individual’s posture. The benefits it offers to the individual are: an individual’s posture is greatly improved, the thighs, knees, and ankle muscles are strengthened, the abdomen and buttocks muscles are improved, and individuals who have sciatica will experience great relief. Flat footed individuals also experience improvement.
- Tree Pose is also known as Vrikshasana in Sanskrit. This pose is a bit challenging, as this pose shows the difficulty of standing on one leg. It comes from the root word of vrksa which means ‘tree’. Different benefits are experienced by an individual who practices this pose. It helps the individual increase their thigh, calf, ankle, and spine strength. The muscles in the groins, thighs, chest, and shoulders are greatly stretched. When practiced by an individual, he is able to improve his balance and stability. It also gives relief from sciatica and flat-footed individuals’ experience improvement of their condition.
- Downward Facing Dog is also known as Adho mukha śvānāsana in Sanskrit. Adho means downward, Mukha means face, svana means dog. It is one of the most widely used poses in yoga. Performing this pose offers an individual an ultimate over-all rejuvenating and revitalizing stretch. By being able to perform this pose, an individual experiences overall benefits to the body. It helps calm the brain and reduce stress in the body and it also helps deal with mild depression. It helps energize the body. The body experiences rejuvenating stretch in the hands, calves, shoulders, and hamstrings. This pose helps strengthen the arms and legs. It also gives relief to women who experience menopausal symptoms. By supporting the head, it also helps women who experience great discomfort during their menstruation period. It also helps fight against osteoporosis. It helps with a headache, migraine, difficulty of sleeping, chronic back pain, and fatigue. This pose is also known to improve an individual’s digestive process and help manage blood pressure levels, asthma, and other respiratory problems.
- Child’s Pose is also known as Balasana in Sanskrit. Bala means child. It is a yoga pose that offers rest for yogis and it can be inserted in different sequences in between complicated or challenging poses. When performing this pose, it is helpful in stretching the thighs, ankles, and thighs. It helps the individual experience calmness and gives relief from everyday stress and fatigue. When an individual performs this pose, he will be able to experience relief from chronic back and neck pain when the head and torso is supported during the pose.
Earthing allows an individual tap on the tremendous energy in the earth that helps with grounding. The individual who practices earthing yoga is able to experiences balance and stability and it also helps energize the body, mind, and spirit.
Earthing yoga is known for its different benefits that it offers to an individual who practices it. It decreases pain and inflammation. An individual who has insomnia experiences better sleep. Overall well-being is greatly improved as well. By being able to experience grounding in his body, it offers the body potent antioxidants which help reduce inflammations that usually causes different illness such as heart diseases.