Grounding Rooting CenteringIn studying Tai Chi we use the word grounding, rooting or centering oneself, this is a phrase used to help us come back to our inner body and feel where we are at this present moment in time letting go of everything that is not needed.
Standing hip or shoulder width apart with our toes pointing directly forwards, feet spread evenly over the three main foot points, which are the pad of the big toe the pad of the little toe and the back of the heel, feeling each part as we press our feet firmly to the floor, keeping the ankles soft and relaxed. This stance in the Lee form is known as Bear stance.
Then up to our knees slightly bending them both relaxing them letting go of any tension,
then up through the hips feeling them sit directly above the knees making sure they do not tilt backwards or forwards, tucking in the tail bone and relaxing down.
Up the spine to the shoulders letting each arm relax down at each side keeping the shoulders square above the hips, making sure we do not let them fall forwards or pull them backwards.
Then the head gently pulling the chin in so the crown of the head lifts up,
then finally the mind, this should be in the moment only, not rushing around from one thought to the next.
Breath OUTLetting go of anything that is not needed feeling the feet on the floor letting everything be absorbed by the ground.
Relax then start all over again if needed.