When I was in Bali doing my yoga teacher training I used to walk wearing my flip flops around the retreat. One day I kicked them off and left them outside the yoga shala before I stared my ashtanga practice. Two hours later when I'd returned they were gone. Starting to have what one would only call a 'hissy fit' I ran around the retreat shouting in my rather loud voice "somebody has taken my flip flops!!! I've lost my flip flops, has anyone seen my shoes?" My teacher Mark turned round to me and said "Jade, why on earth are you wearing shoes?! Did you know you should be walking around barefoot as much as you can?"
"Why?" I answered. Earthing or grounding is the simple practice of making direct physical contact with the earth and absorbing the earths natural energies. Walking or making contact with the earth means that the earth can conduct its natural negative electrons through to our bodies so that we have the same electrical potential as the earth, therefore grounding our bodies and giving us physiological and electrophysiological benefits. These may include antioxidant effects, boosts of immunity and reduction of inflammation, just to name a few.
In addition to health and wellbeing benefits, grounding also helps to disrupt the effects of negative electromagnetic fields on our bodies (often originating from various electrical household appliances). Therefore, grounding restores our bodies to their most natural electrical state, promoting the body to work to its highest functionality. In order to ground yourself, all you need to do is walk around barefoot on grass, soil, gravel, sand, tiles, concrete or water. Although if you manage to walk on water, I'd be pretty impressed - be sure to get a photo of that lol! Also the more you do it the better, so what are you waiting for?! Kick off those shoes and get walking, its the most fascinating, clever and free health kick you will ever give to your body!
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