Our legs and feet are extensions of the root chakra, and walking can be a grounding exercise. After teaching a class balancing the root, walking had a new and interesting feeling. Rooting down, and energetically flowing up from the ground. It was a quietly energized walk.
If you would like to do a yoga kriya to help ground yourself, try this.
1) Sit on your heels in Rock Pose (Vajrasana).
(Alternate: Rock Pose is the preferred posture but if you are unable to sit in Rock Pose, you may sit in Easy Pose.)
2) Stretch your arms above your head so that they are perfectly straight, no bend in the elbows, upper arms hugging your ears.
3) Interlace your fingers and extend your index fingers, pointing upward.
(Women should have the left thumb on top, men should have the right thumb on top.)
4) Close the eyes and roll them up to the Brow Point.
5) Inhale slightly to begin.
1) Powerfully chant Sat (sutt) squeezing the navel back towards the spine.
2) Chant Nam ( naaaam) as you relax and release the belly (breath will come naturally).
3) Repeat: Squeezing the navel in on Sat; releasing on Nam. Squeeze, release. Squeeze, release. Keep going at a moderate pace.
A Note about the Breath:
One perennial question I get from frustrated students is, “When do I inhale?” The answer is, let it come naturally for you within the rhythm of “squeeze-release.” Don’t get too hung up on this. This is not a deep breathing exercise. Let the breath come naturally. You’re creating a powerful experience that’s natural for you.
1) Inhale deeply and, with the breath held in, squeeze the Root Lock. Draw the energy up your spine to the top of your head and even to the tips of your fingers. Hold about 8 to 10 seconds. Exhale.
2) Repeat: Inhale deeply, hold, squeeze, then exhale.
3) Inhale deeply and then exhale completely out, apply the Root Lock and also the Neck Lock. Hold a few seconds and then release everything.
4) Lie down on your back in Corpse Pose (arms at sides, palms facing up). Deeply relax for the same amount of time that you did the exercise.