One of my favourite things about summer is that I take my yoga and meditation practice outside and I leave the mat at home. Mmmmmm, fresh green grass between my fingers and toes. When I drop down on to my belly I put my whole face in the grass and breathe in the delicious earthy smell. I complete my practice lying on my back, arms and legs spread wide, surrendering fully into the support of the great Mother. I soak in her loving energy. Ah, bliss!
The cool thing is, that there are also heaps of remarkable health benefits to getting our feet and hands and bodies directly into the grass.
‘Earthing‘ is the scientific term for connecting the human body to the earth, including walking barefoot in the grass, earth or sand. I love this word!
If you think about it, we spend most of our time disconnected from the earth by the soles of our shoes and other general habits, like sleeping on beds. (Time for some camping?!)
The earth’s surface possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons. When we are in contact with the earth we receive a direct flow of this natural charge of energy, and it is this that produces some amazing health benefits, including:
- improved sleep
- reduced inflammation
- improved regulation of endocrine and nervous systems
- moderated heart rate variability
- improved glucose regulation
- reduced stress
- reduced anxiety and depression
- boosted immunity
- decreased blood viscosity for improved heart health
- improved wound healing
Multi-disciplinary research has revealed the practice of earthing can be used for the “prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.” Since chronic inflammation is now considered to be the culprit behind almost every modern chronic illness, this is really big!! Its HUGE!
So folks. Its summer! The grass is green! Toss off those shoes as often as you can and get your toes and bodies into the grass. Forget the yoga mat.
If you don’t have the energy for anything else, just practice ‘savasana’ – corpse pose! Do nothing. Just lie there and consciously soak up the natural energy boosting electrons. Let her heal you.
The more you surrender, the more you will feel this divine loving support of Mother Earth.
Check out my Toes in the grass Yoga Flow Video to help inspire you to bring your practice off the mat and onto the grass this summer!