"Today we'll focus on rooting ourselves."
This Feel Better tip comes from the thoughtful instructor at Hot Yoga Inc, Bellevue.
I've always liked the mellowing philosophy of yoga. So I took the rooting advice to heart. Grounding is good, I nodded to myself as we moved through our standing warm-up poses. It was hot. The 115d room felt like I was being mauled by dense pushy heat waves. It helped that Nichole was in front of me and my friend Matt was next to me.
So I posed and sweated and overheated and took deep breaths. Every time I thought I was going to lose my shit I pushed my feet into the mat then imagined myself connecting to the soil-y levels of earth all the way to its very core. Me standing in my own sweaty inferno rooted to the cool center of the globe.
The more I spread my toes apart in my rooting process, the more I felt like I was attaching to this sweet Mother Earth who was really just an enormous, kind ball of soil; a kind ball of soil who also just happens to be hosing a lot of weather disasters and nasty goings-on these days.
As I kept rooting, rooting and rooting, I felt as if the Earth was saying, "Hey T, thanks for checking in and spending some time with me."
It was such a sweet connection. My heart slowed down. I took some sips of water, poured some on to my chest, and continued to root. Me + Mother Earth having a moment together. Mother earth stripped of all the crap she is associated with. Me, getting a micro-break from stressing and feeing--literally--at one with the world.
Class wound down and we were finally in Corpse pose. I lay down and stuffed some ice cubes down my shirt. The teacher then added this beauty to the root theme: "You want to root yourself and also rise. Move down and upward." She really said it much better than how I'm recollecting it.
I translated her words as encouraging us to strike a balance between being grounded and stable AND connected to a higher self that didn't descend into panicky drama and a general lack of faith in everything. Like keeping your loving calm and being cool about it with a big warm smile.
So I'm sharing the idea of ROOTING with you today.
When the world feels far too much, take a breath and just stand.
Feel your feet against the ground and imagine your feet connecting you through the floor and into the soil and straight to the heart-center of the Earth.
Can you hear her beating the soil-y wings of her happy self, and saying thanks?
This month is dedicated to Feeling Better in a Troubled World: Simple daily life ways we can all catch a breath and remember a bit of beauty when the news is getting the best of us. If there's something you do to feel better and want to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!