Meditation & Mindfulness
Published on June 26th, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey0
Yoga for Relaxation
Yoga for Relaxation
“I went to a faraway place.”
“I felt like I was floating.”
Last week was a big relaxation week for some of my clients.
In the years I’ve been teaching privately, and in my own yoga practice, yoga for relaxation – also called Restorative Yoga or Yin Yoga, is often the most difficult to practice!
Modern life is so geared towards increased productivity, efficiency and multi-tasking that we have so few tools to unwind. Often we feel mentally fatigued and yet our minds can’t stop; it’s a weird paradox, this weary alertness.
In times like this, it can be hard to fall asleep, take a nap or even find a few minutes of mental quiet.
This is where yoga and meditation come in. The kind of meditation I teach is accessible and guided. That means you won’t be left alone with your thoughts, antsy and wondering what you should be thinking.
I will lead you through short, simple and fun meditations that give your mind something to focus on, and yet simultaneously relax the body and bring a sense of deep inner stillness.
If clients are interested, I usually sequence a very short guided meditation in the beginning of the session, and a longer one at the end. Often clients are already so relaxed that they’re not aware that they’re actually ‘meditating’. I also offer mini aromatherapy scalp massages that can further enhance this peaceful state.
Do you have difficulty turning your mind off? Or do you get into bed and find it impossible to fall asleep? Or worse yet, is your sleep quality very light and restless, leaving you sluggish in the morning?
A gentle yoga practice, especially practiced at night, can lull you to the sweetest slumber you’ve had in years.
If you would like to learn practical tools to improve your sleep, calm your mind (and quiet your thoughts), consider hiring a private yoga instructor to teach you yoga for relaxation.
We all know how to do more, but wouldn’t you like to learn how to do less when needed?
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