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Meditation Medication Part 1: Grounding for Anxiety or Overwhelm

by Julie PetersMay 22, 2018

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The first in three-part meditation series inspired by Ayurveda.

This is the first of a set of three meditations inspired by the ancient system of medicine called Ayurveda. In this sister science to yoga, mental, physical, or spiritual ill health is caused by an imbalance of the elements. The major three elements are air (vata), fire (pitta), and earth (kapha), and when there is too much of any one element, we can use another to return to balance. We start with a meditation to help with an overabundance of vata, or air, which tends to manifest as anxiety, overwhelm, scattered thoughts, insomnia, and general stress. Connecting to the earth element can help us calm the winds of our minds. soothe the nervous system, and feel better. If you have a tendency towards anxiety and overwhelm, it would be very beneficial to practice this meditation (and/or other grounding practices) every day. Over time, you may notice a big difference in your digestion, sleep patterns, ability to focus, and mood. 

Julie Peters

Join yoga teacher Julie Peters on an exploration into the real life of yoga—how the philosophies and experiences of the practice can help us learn from our bodies, enrich our relationships, face our deepest shadows, and laugh at ourselves along the way. Julie is the author of the book Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (Turner Publishing). See for more details.

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