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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