Today, I'm gonna offer you one simple way to be more grounded in your body. Grounding is another way to say centered or focused or present. This is an essential skill for yogis because the work of yoga is to unify our mind/heart with our body. That means that we learn to use our bodies in service of shifting awareness to our greatest potential. You can use your body to do this!
Sometimes when I feel distracted, overwhelmed or in the emotional turnstile, I try to think my way out of it. I don't know about you, but to wield an haggard mind to slay demons rarely works. What almost always works is to shift my awareness to my body and take action. If I'm sitting, I stand. If I'm standing, I jump. I dance and shake and breathe to stillness. The only thing about this tactic is that it is, obvious. There's no hiding. And I'm not suggesting you hide your healthy movement tools from the general public. In fact, I'm suggesting the opposite. That you start to make it a habit to get grounded more frequently, more publicly.
All is takes to shift your state, is to shift your weight. As you are standing up reading this, move your hips straight back until they are over your heels. Imagine your legs were moving away from something in front of you, leaving your feet in place. Only your pelvis will move. If you feel like you are sticking your butt out, that's it. With your weight centered over your heels, you should be able to lift and wiggle your toes.
Why back it up? Because when you move your hips back, your thighs settle into the hip joint. When the head of your femur (leg bone) is nestled deeply into the socket, it calms the body. It sends a message of "safe" to your nervous system, which soothes you from the inside out.
You can do this move anytime, but it works best barefoot. If you are wearing any kind of heeled footwear, it will prevent you from making this shift. Try it during your yoga practice - move your thighs back, untuck your butt, back it up. See what happens!