Yoga Nidra is often called 'yoga sleep'. It's an easy relaxation technique to do and maintain. All you need to do is lie down comfortably and listen to a set of audio instructions. The instructions gently guide your awareness around different parts of the body to relax each part deeply. Many say a yoga nidra practice of around 20 minutes is so relaxing it feels like 4 hours sleep!
Want to give it a try? Here's a yoga nidra you can download.
You're gonna love an (easy!) meditation to create calm.
Don't let 'meditation' scare you! Really, to meditate simply means to focus on just one thing. That 'one thing' could be anything; painting, baking or patting your dog! Sounds, visualisations, counting or breath observation can be used too. When you reign the mind in to just 'one thing' you get a lovely break from all the other 'stuff' whirling around in your head.Check out this 6 minute meditation I made for you. We'll use mental repetition of the mantra So Hum to help relax and focus the mind.
Let's get those stressful thoughts out of your head and onto paper! Simply writing down what's on your mind can feel cleansing, powerful and releasing.
You can rant, swear or simply articulate what's bothering you. With journaling, it's completely YOUR experience - no one else needs to see what you write.
While there really are no rules, take a peak at a few suggestions and prompts I made for you to get the ball rolling:
Using your breath as a gateway to relaxation is simple and effective. Plus, breath work (or pranayama) is totally portable. You can do the technique I have to share with you anywhere, anytime for a quick shot of calm.
Keen to see what your nose knows about relaxation??
I made an easy-to-follow breath exercise for you.
Want to check it out?