Have you ever felt so wound up by the chaos of the holidays that by the time you're exchanging gifts and feasting with family, you're just ready for it all to be over with? Well ... what if I told you that it doesn't have to be this way?
If we take the time to slow things down and tune into our breath, we can avert the typical crises and approach the holidays with a bit of mindfulness and a sense of feeling more grounded. Our foundation lies in the Root Chakra (Muladhara), the first of which the other six chakras are built upon. It's what helps us feel grounded and safe. When this chakra is out of balance, the other chakras might be thrown off-kilter as a result. But we can find stability during these times of instability, by connected to a greater life force that lies within each and every one of us.
Our yoga practice helps us feel more rooted to the earth through the soles of our feet, as we honor our physical selves through movement in asana. The fusion of our mind, body and spirit through the connection to our breath, helps ease the flow of energy to our chakras and leaves us feeling more grounded overall.
So in order to balance our root, we must look inward with our focus and send our attention there, to help clear away any blockages.
We've rounded up a few of our favorite grounding yoga poses from some of MindBodyGreen's best yogi contributors. Here are six rooting asanas you can try when things start to feel a bit crazy this holiday, to help you find stability and calm.