Silence your phone, take a deep breath, and grab your yoga mat — let's set aside some time to find some peace within.
In times of uncertainty and when anxieties are on the rise, finding solace in the following grounding yoga poses can help guide you back to a calming state.
Susy Markoe Schieffelin, certified yoga instructor and owner of The Copper Vessel, not only offered up step-by-step instructions for each move, but also explained the intent behind the poses for a more meaningful flow.
Schieffelin recommended starting your yoga practice with this short breathing meditation on days when your anxiety won't quit. The grounding and detoxifying move helps to clear your mind, balance the hemispheres of your brain, open your heart and lungs, and connect you to the present moment.
On a physical level, many people experience anxiety as energy in their gut or upper abdomen. If you are feeling a flutter in your belly, Schieffelin explained that this gentle movement from Kundalini yoga will help to move the restless energy so that you feel calm and grounded again.
The Kundalini Frog exercise is a powerful way to get out of your head when you are feeling anxious or fearful. This posture balances your root chakra and will help you feel grounded. Moving in this way massages your kidneys, which expert Schieffelin said is where we store fear. It also balances your adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing the hormones that relate to our autonomic nervous system and can help shift us out of a fight or flight response.