Monday is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and, for that reason, June 21 was selected as International Yoga Day, an annual event to practice yoga postures as a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

Amelia Vogler, a grounding expert and energy medicine specialist in Durham, North Carolina, says being grounded is central to yoga. It can help improve focus, clarity and productivity, qualities that may have faded as routines were erased during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When you’re grounded, you’ll feel more at peace with yourself, more patient with others and balanced when tackling what the day throws your way,” says Vogler, who is profiled in the book, “Pioneers in Healing Touch.”

Here are Amelia Vogler’s top ways to ground yourself:

Find your feet: Spend some time getting reacquainted with your posture. Grounded, safe postures start (not surprisingly) with the ground. Feel your feet on the ground and let the Earth come to you. Then bring the Earth into you and fill yourself with that energy. Try walking barefoot on the ground to help reconnect your with Mother Nature and your connection to the earth.

Find your breath: Try a full-body breath. Everyone has a unique breathing pattern that can be expanded on. Learn to breathe deeper and focus that breath down into more parts of your body, including your feet. This helps remind us that we are more than the mind and that we have support underneath us at all times.

Get moving: Take some time walking in nature or even a few extra rounds around the kitchen island and keep the energy moving in your body. Think of the difference between a lake that is fed by a stream versus the one that sits stagnant. The lake fed with moving water remains clear and balanced whereas the lake that has no flow gets congested and murky.

Drink water: Ensuring proper hydration can keep your mind thinking clearly and your body running optimally. Water helps you to regulate your temperature; keeps oxygen and nutrients moving through the body; and energetically speaking channels vitality throughout the tissues of the body.

Call a friend: Many people are coming out of COVID-19 isolations a little shaky in their communication skills and there is nothing more grounding than a deep and enriching conversation with a good friend. Pick up the phone and invite a friend for a walk and talk, and share heart to heart.

Find beauty: Beautiful things inspire us, make us smile and keep us grounded in inspiration. Beauty doesn’t have to be in art (but it can be). Beauty can be found in the colors of a blooming garden, a perfect baseball pitch or a child laughing. Take a moment to notice a sunrise or sunset.


Online yoga classes can be beneficial.Kari Shea

Vogler offers courses over Zoom to help people increase their physical vitality and relax.

Online companies like Gaia stream original yoga videos for beginners to all levels of yoga practitioners to watch on a laptop, smartphone, tablet or TV screen. The first week is free; then it’s $11.99 a month and you can cancel anytime.

Speaking generally, Vogler says, “Having yoga and body-focused classes online provides you special access to world-class teachers, some that you may have only dreamed of learning from.”

One of the benefits of online classes is convenience. They are available all the time and wherever you are, so you can fit your movement classes in your schedule, rather than scheduling life around your classes.

Vogler’s favorite part about online classes: “You can now practice outside, in nature, with the company of the birds, the wind, and the sunlight as your classmates.”


Alo Yoga has a soft-knit, ribbed wave, one-sleeve top in white, gravel or black.Alo Yoga

Being comfortable in your clothes and having the right equipment will help your yoga practice. If you need anything, these retailers have special offers:

Alo Yoga has celebrity-approved yoga pants, workout tights, leggings and accessories for men and women. A soft-knit, ribbed wave, one-sleeve top in white, gravel or black is $68. Sign up for the newsletter and take an extra 10% off your order.

Athleta, which is part of the Gap group, has yoga tank tops, shorts and tights on sale in sizes up to 3X. Sign up for announcements to receive 20% off a purchase and learn about new arrivals, private sales and free in-store fitness classes.

Beyond Yoga has ultra-soft Spacedye workout clothes in sizes XS-3X plus a maternity line. Sign up for emails and get 15% off your first order.

Lululemon has activewear for women and men, like soft, barely-there Align Pant leggings in a variety of lengths, stretchy joggers and fast-drying Everlux fabric tights.

Noli Yoga has flattering women’s active wear and fitness apparel in fun, bold performance fabrics. See ribbed tanks and more yoga clothes. Receive 15% off of your first order.

Stitch Fix, the subscription-free, personal style service for men and women, carries Beyond Yoga, Sundry, Sweaty Betty and other athleisure brands. There is free shipping, returns and exchanges.

Wolven activewear was designed for mindful movements and is made of recycled bottles. Sign up for 15% off your first order.

Yoga Outlet lets you save up to 60% off high-waisted leggings, capris, sports bras, men’s shorts, grip socks and more. Take 10% off your first order. There is free shipping on orders of more than $75.

Amazon has form-supporting foam yoga blocks and how-to books and background music. Here are highlights:

Tops, bras and leggings

  • A medium-support, cross-back, wire-free yoga sport bra with removable cuts starts at $9.99.
  • Dragon Fit compression yoga leggings with high-waist tummy control made of nylon and spandex cotton in two dozen colors are $22.98.
  • See a variety of yoga tops

Printed, digital and audio books


Schriner Pro 6-foot-round, non-slip yoga and meditation mat made of washable polyvinyl chloride foam for extra comfort ($109.97).Schriner/Amazon

Mats and mat cleaners


UpCircleSeven yoga wheel to stretch, massage and relieve back pain ($38.97).UpCircleSeven/Amazon


  • UpCircleSeven yoga wheel to stretch, massage and relieve back pain is $38.97.
  • Theragun PRO is a deep-muscle therapy device used to enhance muscle recovery, release stress and tension, and soothe discomfort.

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