Grounding and The Wanting Creature

by blogasana on June 3, 2010

Watchman Bill has been doing a fine job at pointing out my suffering.

I wish I had slept better. I wish it wasn’t Thursday already.

Just noticing this resistance to how things are helps experience the fullness of what’s happening in the moment… including experiencing the resistance.

This inquiry made its way into the plans for class last night.

We played in the hamstrings toward Utthita Hasta Padangustasana. This should bring up some good fodder for our inner wishing/wanting creatures.

Since this is a balance pose as well as a hip/hamstring opener, it speaks to the heart of Muladhara, the 1st chakra, which relates to home, family, job, safety, our ability to ground: our basic needs. It also has to do with trust. And on the other side of that coin, greed.

Last night we played with Aparigraha in the asana and breath. What is it like to trust that you are supported, that there is enough? To not grab for the next breath or experience?


This can only happen when we are grounded and connected in the 1st chakra.

Hiro talked a ton about grounding in the Healing Internet Hangover course. This extra focus has had wonderful side effects such as being able to open up and let go more easily. Even in asana, when we feel secure and connected from the base (whatever is touching the floor), the rest of the body can relax into the shape with more inner Ahhh.

Here’s the version Hiro has been talking us through (with a little riffing) offered with the hope that it benefits you as well.

  • Sit in a chair with your feet on the floor
  • Wiggle and widen your tush in the chair, like you’re ruffling your feathers
  • Roll your feet around on the floor, feeling all parts of the soles
  • Come into stillness and relish in a couple of long breaths
  • Imagine a cord from your 1st chakra (between the ovaries for women, at the prostate for men) down through the ground and into the center of the earth
  • That cord is a part of you and wraps itself securely around the center of the earth
  • Give it a tug a both ends — if either end is loose, strengthen it
  • Run your attention up and down the cord and make sure it doesn’t have holes or tears
  • Let the cord expand to the width of your hips
  • After a few moments, imagine a cord from the arch of each foot down through the ground and into the center of the earth
  • Same as with your 1st chakra cord, check each end and make sure the cord is smooth and durable
  • Let the cords expand to the circumference of each foot
  • Take a few moments with your experience of connectedness and grounding
  • See if you can feel, from that rooting, a rebound of lightness up the center of the body lifting you through your crown
  • Imagine a cord rising from the base of the skull behind each ear up into the center of the cosmos
  • Check these cords as you did your other three
  • Let any unnecessary, unwanted or excess energy (thoughts, burdens, tension) drain through the cords

Do you feel more connected? Calm? Energized? Awake?

It can be really powerful to imagine these cords disconnecting and then notice how you feel. What’s it like to reconnect them?


Closing here the same way we closed class… with The Wanting Creature by Kabir.

I said to the wanting-creature inside me:
What is this river you want to cross?
There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.
Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting?

There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.
There is no tow rope either, and no one to pull it.
There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford!

And there is no body, and no mind!
Do you believe there is some place that will make the soul less thirsty?
In that great absence you will find nothing.

Be strong then, and enter into your own body;
there you have a solid place for your feet.
Think about it carefully!
Don’t go off somewhere else!

Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of
imaginary things,
and stand firm in that which you are.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Madeleine June 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I am totally stealing that poem for class tonight.


Amy --- Just A Titch June 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I love that poem, and obviously you’ve read my post from yesterday so you know how NEEDED that was. I’ve noticed a shift today, as I try to stand firm in that which I am, without clinging to imaginary things.

Thanks again for a lovely class that really met me where I was.


yogaquest June 6, 2010 at 2:34 am

“I rarely let the word “No” escape
From my mouth
Because it is so plain to my soul
That God has shouted, “Yes, Yes, Yes!”
To every luminous movement in Existence.
~ Hafiz


Elizabeth June 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I learned a grounding exercise last year; it’s just the cord going down though. When I take the time to do it, I am always surprised how much heavier my lower half feels, like I really am more firmly grounded (I know I am, but since I can’t really see anything when I visualize, I am continually surprised when these things work anyway ;)

Watchman Bill would have lots of work to do if I were working on hip/hamstring openers. There is quite a bit of wishing going on.


blogasana June 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

@amy – i hope the poem and idea have lingered this week. look forward to hearing about the interview!!

@elizabeth – it IS amazing, huh. that’s why i posted the grounding exercise. i’ve done it hundreds of times and yet i was so surprised when hiro did it and it was like magic. i guess we forget.

i hope you are well!!! <3


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