I find grounding poses my all-time favorites probably because these are the first poses that one learns in yoga. I do not find these poses easy. Simple, yes, but not easy. It may seem like mountain pose is the easiest pose there is; after all, what is easier than standing up? This pose, however, involves more work than merely standing, as we are used to standing in our regular life. More than grounding, I consider this a balancing pose and a lot of work goes into it. I need to remind myself of this every time I go back to this pose after a difficult sequence. It is easy to forget and slouch when one gets challenged by other poses. This is a foundation pose, particularly for all other standing poses. It is always a good idea to revisit the principles behind this pose. Namaste.
Step by Step instructions as provided by Esther Ekhart, my favorite online teacher:
- Stand with feet together, base of big toes touching, heels slightly apart, or feet hip distance.
- Lift knee caps, without overextending the legs.
- Lift quadriceps (thigh muscles), lift top of femur (thighbone) up and back. Inner thighs slightly turn in.
- Soften flesh of buttocks down away from lumbar, so pelvis is in a neutral position.
- Draw your abdomen slightly in and up, open your chest, top of sternum lifts. Keep ribs soft.
- Broaden collarbones, widening between the shoulder blades, base of the shoulder blades are lifting up and in.
- Helps to strengthen the legs
- You can easily identify imbalances in the body
- An Imbalance in the body disrupts the flow of energy (prana) , causing muscular and postural compensation in the body
- Improves posture
- Prepares the body for all other standing poses