Contemporary life is highly demanding and stressful; if you're not properly grounded, you face a constant risk of being pushed out of balance. Grounding means being centered and firm without being inflexible, knowing who you are and what you want, and feeling that you're empowered to achieve your life goals. A good way to begin your grounding work is by improving your physical sense of balance, which helps you synchronize the movement of your arms and legs, giving you poise. When you can stand and move in a more balanced manner, your mind is automatically affected. You feel more balanced.
A sense of balance is connected with the inner ears. Your ears tell you where you are in space. The ears are also connected with social space; if you aren't well-balanced, you may feel — or actually be — a bit awkward in your social relationships. Balancing and grounding work can remedy this discomfort. Only when you can stand still — in balance — can you also move harmoniously in the world.
The following postures appear in order of easier to more advanced exercises. If you try the postures individually rather than as part of a sequence, we recommend that you hold each posture for 6 to 8 breaths. Breathe freely through the nose and pause briefly after inhalation and exhalation.
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