And Now Yoga
It is not an exaggeration to say that stress management is the key to success and happiness. Traveling is certainly stressful on both the body and mind. If you're regularly stressed, your cortisol level (stress hormone) is constantly elevated. That leads to imbalances in your hormones, circulatory system, and neural function. Literally everything goes wrong.
Simple yoga poses and pranayama breathing practice help us slow down and help create a relaxation response that resets the nervous system.
Never done yoga before? No worries. I will guide you through it.
Sukhasana, Easy Pose. This pose helps us calm the mind, stretch knees and ankles, and strengthen the back. Let's do it together.
1. Sit comfortably either in crossed legs position or on a chair. Choose the one that doesn't give you any pain, especially in the knees.
2. Keep your spine naturally straight. You can lean against the wall if that's easier for you.
3. If you're sitting in the crossed-leg position, feel free to use a cushion or blanket to make your knees and legs comfortable and stable. If you're sitting on a chair, make sure your feet are apart at the hip width and gently planted on the floor.
4. Place your hands on your thighs or knees, whichever it is easy for you. Palms up or down as you like and relax your hands.
5. Turn your neck slowly to the right and left. Find an easy place for your neck, so that you can breathe naturally.
6. Relax your facial muscles and gently close your eyes. Relax your jaw and softly close your lips.
7. Bring your awareness to your breath. You will start to feel your own inhalation and exhalation. Stay with the breath.
8. Keep observing your breath. Tension in your body may draw your attention. Thoughts may keep coming up in your mind without a break. That's so natural. It is ok, so take it easy. Gently shift your focus back to your breathing.
9. Start from as short a time period as you feel comfortable. Gradually make it longer, stretching into 5 to 10 minutes, but don't force things.
10. When coming out of the pose, gently open your eyes. Slowly bring your arms up alongside your ears to make a big stretch. Observe how you feel. Stay with the sense of relaxation and calmness you created. You can do this pose as many times as you like throughout the day.