“When inner peace is nowhere to be found, it’s time to tune into the body.” - Yoga Journal
Day 16: Stress Relieving Positions
Welcome to Day 16!
Jeannine, from The Junkie Yogi, is back today to share some positions that can help alleviate stress. This knowledge is meant to help you add yet another tool to your sobriety toolbox - so you have lots of coping mechanisms to fall back on instead of reaching for a drink!
According to Jeannine:
all of these moves are great for releasing stress from the low back and hips - the areas that toxins are stored and are still hanging out in early sobriety!
1. Forward Fold: Place legs out in front of you, feet flexed, and take a big inhale as you reach for the sky.
Take an open heart out over the knees, reaching for wherever you can land.
If helpful, you can also use a rolled up towel or yoga strap to reach for the balls of the feet to increase flexibility over time.
2. Forward Fold with Bent Knee: Place your left leg outstretched in front of you, bend at the right knee and tuck the right foot where the left thigh meets the torso. (If this causes discomfort, leave foot just inside the inner left thigh on the ground.
Lengthen up through the spine, then reach out for the left foot, allowing the right knee to relax down towards the ground, stretching the right hip and right low back area.
3. Shoulder Bridge. Laying down, bend knees toward sky, walk your feet to where the heels of the feet can be just barely reached with the middle finger.
Lift the hips as high as you can, maintaining space of about a golf ball between the chin and the chest. Walk the shoulder blades up underneath the body, giving more lift and expansion around the heart.
Hold for a few breaths, on an exhale roll the spine back down, one vertebrae at a time, hips coming down last.
Once the hips are down, tuck the knees to the chest, reversing the stretch in the spin. “I did this one a lot during detox!!”
4. Pigeon: Starting in a runners lunge, place your left knee on the ground - and your right foot between the hands.
Inch the right foot towards the left hand, ultimately coming down with the shin parallel to the top of your yoga mat. Lengthen the left leg back behind and walk your torso down over your right shin.
Resist allowing the weight of your body to fall to the right, but rather keep it centered. “This is an intense stretch for the hip, and the absolute best way I know of to release toxins from the body,” said Jeannine.
FOLLOW THE NEXT STEPS TO COMPLETE DAY 16
Try to incorporate these positions the next time you get stressed and note how you feel afterwards.
Say your Daily Mantra "I embrace inner peace."
Head over to the Private Facebook Group and join us to share that you completed Day 16 (or share your favorite way to destress)
Send any questions you may have to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want us all to have a successful 30-Day Reset so let me know how I can help.