Some people sometimes have ‘one of those days’, while others only have the odd good day. Whatever category you fall into, lockdown and the general world atmosphere over 2020 is bound to have gotten to you. And that is why we wanted to share with you some simple stretching techniques that can really help you to boost health AND level up your good mood.
The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit 'Yuj', meaning 'to join' or 'to yoke' or 'to unite'. Yoga practices are intended to create harmony between the mind and body, and union between our individual consciousness and Universal Consciousness.
Yoga is a mind-body exercise. It is a wonderful way to tap into your parasympathetic nervous system, to calm and uplift both the body and mind.
There are over 300 positions in the practice of physical yoga, but home practice does not have to be complicated, you can gain much benefit from doing a few minutes a few times a week. Use the postures to help raise you energetically, to uplift your mood and give you a brighter perspective.
Viparita Karani ~ Legs Up the Wall Pose Problem:
The chaos of the outside world and the changes that your life has no doubt encountered, can have you stressed out and agitated, and it seems harder and harder to calm your mind.
Switch the nervous system over to rest and digest mode, calming that overactive mind. This pose almost instantly releases all tensions from the body.
1. Lie down on your back with your butt as close to the wall as possible.
2. Swivel your body till you are able to extend your legs up the side of the wall, perpendicular to the floor. (If you need to ooch a little further from the wall, thats ok. You do not need to be right against the wall for the effect of this pose.)
3. Open your arms to the sides, palms up.
4. Gently flex your feet, bringing your toes downwards as far as you can, and feel that lovely hamstring stretch.
5. Keep your breathing deep and even. Relax your face. Enjoy!
6. When you’re done, melt over to your side, and get up slowly onto your elbows for a moment before sitting up fully.