I love to be barefoot, I work barefoot, and I encourage my students to spend at least a few minutes a day barefoot........now I am reading about Earthing, a new therapy that says that the simple act of your
bare feet touching the earth can improve your health. According to the book, Earthing:The Most Important
Health Discovery Ever? the electrical energy of the earth, and its connection to our circadian rhythms play a role in regulating sleep, stress, metabolism and reduction of inflammation in our bodies.
I know it's strange, but being barefoot has always made me feel better......as a kid I never wanted to wear shoes! I have practiced this Earthing for the past week, what I can tell you is this......the chronic arthritis pain that I have had for years has eased a great deal, and my energy levels have been much higher. My sleep, well, there have been some bizarre things take place this week, so my sleeping has not been great. But things are back to normal, we'll see how tonight goes.
Dr. Stephen Sinatra, who is coauthor of the book, Earthing says " when your skin comes into contact with the ground, millions of negatively charged particles are absorbed into the body. Once in the blood, these negative ions neutralize the positively charged free radicals that cause inflammation, and people feel better."
It is suggested you spend forty minutes per day, bare feet on the ground. I have averaged twenty to thirty minutes, and it has made a difference. I have been walking barefoot, but what I have read is, that you can just sit with bare feet touching the ground, grass or sand, you get the results.
In yoga, we talk a lot about being grounded, about connecting to the earth........I think regaining that connection, fresh air, sunshine, bare feet on the ground, pure water, fresh fruits and vegetables, I believe all of these make us feel better. So, I will continue to spend as much time as I can bare foot, it feels great to walk on the grass.....and this evening I walked through the garden in my bare feet, felt the soil between my toes and enjoyed every minute of it. Now, I just have to make it to the beach soon, LOVE to walk in the sand!
I like this "earthing"!