One of the first questions I ask new students is “Have you done yoga before?” Almost all of them reply yes. My next question is “What kind?”
There are so many facets to the yoga journey. So many options to discover. And so many ways to incorporate this energy-giving and wonderful practice to your life.
As I’m writing this, I am out with a head-cold. The kind where everything hurts and even when you’re in bed and at rest, you still feel miserable.
So I’ve gotten up out of bed and I’m here. Doing yoga as I write this.
As I type I’m sitting on the floor with my laptop on the coffee table. Currently, I am in wide legged forward fold, leaning in to my laptop, resting on the coffee table. The stretch in the back of my legs feels nice. It’s great to be out of fetal position for a while.
I’m also drinking tons of fluids. I have a special blend of tea I break out for respiratory stuff, but honestly from my nursing background, even just water is so beneficial to the body to flush out the virus/offending intruder. So today I’m going through slow poses. To open up my body and trying and get circulation moving (so I don’t feel so sore) and stimulate my parasympathetic nervous system so I can get healing.
Go to Yoga Practice When I’m Feeling Unwell
In each pose set a timer for 2-5minutes. Close your eyes. There should be a gentle stretch but nothing forced or uncomfortable. Use ALL the pillows or tables or blankets or whatever you have around you to make yourself 100% comfortable. And lastly breathe. Breathe deeply and evenly (if you can) and do your best to slow it down. If you have gentle music you could add that to the background. And heck ya, you can do this IN BED.
Now go do it. Relax, and enjoy.
Looking for some other yoga ideas, for when you’ve got energy? Do you have 30 minutes to put towards moving your body today? Check out this core stabilization practice on my You Tube channel HERE.