When you're stressed or anxious, it can be hard to relax or sleep. Thoughts are racing every which way and your heart is pounding in your chest. We've been there. You are not alone. Everyone manages stress differently and what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for someone else. Yesterday we looked at some different stress management techniques, and under self care we listed Restorative Yoga as an option.
Restorative Yoga provides you the opportunity to do nothing and be in stillness for extended periods of time. If you have anxiety, this can be scary or uncomfortable and staying in poses for a long amount of time may not be doable. Try making a list of the things you need to do after your practice so that you're not thinking about them as much during. Likewise, write anything else down that's on your mind to try to reduce the flow of thoughts. We're not trying to erase these thoughts, but simply saving them for later after we've had a chance to relax. Ultimately, listen to yourself and do what's right for you.
We created this Grounding Restorative Sequence for you to feel more connected and centred. Being grounded is to connect to that sense of stability we have within ourselves. A common symptom of stress is the feeling of instability, so we want to balance those feelings out in our practice. Allow the props you use to support you and carry the weight for you so that you have the opportunity to relax. Use any additional props or weights on top of your body to help you feel more rooted and grounded.
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It's Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May 2018) and this years theme is about stress and how we're coping with it.
From MIND: "We’re focusing on helping employees and employers create a mentally healthy workplace where everyone feels valued and supported. We have a range of information, guidance and support on how you can achieve this. We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – it’s part of everyday life. But when you’re overwhelmed by stress it may lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse. Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is a great time to think about how we can all address the causes of work-related stress."
Each day this week we will be sharing various content to promote awareness about mental health and give you tangible tools to help you cope with stress. As a yoga charity and studio, yoga and mindfulness will clearly play a huge role in how we cope with stress.
On the theme of helping to create a mentally healthy workplace, we wanted to hear from our studio teachers and ask them to share how they cope with stress. A common theme is (of course) yoga, but they also give insight into other ways that they cope with stress.
Let's hear from our teachers...
In preparation for Venetia and James' Yin Yoga and Tea Gathering workshop, we asked Venetia what her three favourite yin poses are. See what she had to say!
"If I only have time for a very short yin practise during a busy day there are a few poses I will always make sure I do:
1. Supported Child's Pose
2. Dragon Pose
3. Butterfly Pose
Thank you, Venetia, for sharing! Do you have any favourite yin postures? Do they differ from the above or are you similar in your choice? Let us know in the comments!
We recently wrote a blog post about alternatives to child's pose as it's a pose that is frequently offered in yoga classes, but one that many people find uncomfortable or inaccessible. Now, we are sharing with you different ways in which you can prop up your child's pose to make it more accessible and to enhance the effects within the posture.
Let's take a look at how we can use props to enhance balasana.