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5 Grounding Poses for Times of Transition

Feeling frazzled by change? Coral Brown offers a new perspective on transitions and a sequence to keep you centered through them.
Coral Brown Warrior 2, virahabdrasana 2

Are you feeling frazzled by a transition or change? Coral Brown has a few ideas for finding a new perspective on the stress of transitions. 

Transitions are typically difficult, but if we can remain steadfast in our practice and committed to our evolution, then the continuous cycle of transformation is easier to bear. Through the continual practice of yoga, a journey that never truly ends, we learn how to take ownership of the transitions that choose us, as well as those we choose for ourselves. It also helps to remember that transition is a form of transformation, which ultimately brings us to the next beginning.

See also A Guide to Navigating True Transformation

Grounding Sequence for Times of Transition

Use this grounding sequence to remain centered through this cycle of change.

To begin find a comfortable seat. Breathing evenly, focus your awareness on the earth beneath you. Visualize your body like the banyan tree with taproots shooting down from your sitting bones. As you burrow deeper into the earth, feel your crown rising skyward. Feel the infinite space above you, below you, and within you. Notice if an intention or focus for your practice arises.

Warm up with a few Sun Salutations of your choice and then come to Downward-Facing Dog.

See also Expect the Unexpected: Effective Methods for Dealing with Change

See also Flow Safely: Protect Yourself Through Transitions

About Our Expert

Coral Brown draws on her extensive experience in yoga, philosophy, and holistic counseling to provide fertile, open space for the processes of healing and transformation. Her integrative yet lighthearted approach invites students to unite mind, body, and spirit to transcend physical asana and create space for a conscious evolution that aligns with their own natural rhythms. Coral is a licensed mental health counselor, senior teacher of Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga, the director of 200- and 500-hour teacher training programs, and the founder of Turnagain Wellness, a holistic healing collaborative. She leads retreats and workshops worldwide. Keep up with her on social media:

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