Having a rough day? Week? Month? It happens. Sometimes life doesn't play nice. In fact, I just got off of a very frustrating phone call with a government office that is sooooo maddening, don't even get me started....argh. One of my favorite ways to shake off stress and hit the re-set button, is with this yoga pose. If you are new to yoga, you might look at this and not see what you think of as "yoga." But this here is some powerful action, and can soothe even the most frazzled of nerves.
It's as simple as it looks. Scooch you tush up as close as possible to the wall, recline and stick your legs up, letting the wall support them. Now breeeeeathe. That's most important. Loong deep inhalations and exhalations. This will help to stimulate your Parasympathetic Nervous System, and to signal to your body that you are in a safe place and can relax. Other things happening here? Blood is flowing down towards your heart, warming your body and easing muscle fatigue.
Wanna take it to the next level? Let's get some props.
Gentle weight placed on the body can be soooo soothing. You can can do any one or combination of these, or do them all!
// A blanket or pillow placed on the feet.
// A folded blanket placed on the chest.
// An eye pillow or a small, folded towel over the eyes.
Stay for 10 minutes or more to get the full effect. Your feet will probably fall asleep, but that's okay. Try and just sit with this feeling and make space for it. Continue to breathe and let the waves of your breath wash away the tension and fatigue.
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