Of the many benefits gained from practicing yoga, perhaps two that are on the top of the list are relaxation and de-stressing, especially these days. Everyday we’re bombarded with bad news and stress, reinforced over and over again throughout our day. The good news is that yoga can help combat the negativity and stress that surround us daily.
Here are a few tips for getting the optimal stress relief out of your home yoga session:
- Remember that yoga is a gift you give yourself. You give of yourself at work , at home, and with your family. Remember to also give to yourself and take the time to practice yoga regularly, even if it’s for 15 minutes per day.
- Designate a special place in your home for your yoga practice. Ideally, this place should be considered sacred and off-limits for other activities. Make it a special place to worship yourself. A place where you immediately feel more relaxed.
- Pick colors for your yoga space that are relaxing. Choose colors that you respond to and that trigger your sense of wellness and peace.
- If you enjoy practicing yoga in a scented space, take the time to light a candle or insense. A fresh scent can instantly transform your mood and send you into a relaxed state. Or, try a few sprays of Aveda’s Chakra Balancing Body Mist ($30.00) (www.aveda.com), an Ayurveda blend of pure essential oils created to balance the chakra you would like to focus on.
- Optionally, add a crystal generator to your yoga space. One that radiates calm energy like clear or rose quartz. The energy produced by crystals will assist you in calming your mind and enjoying the time you have set aside for today’s practice.
- End your practice in savasana or corpse pose. Lie on your back and place a blanket under your head and a bolster under your knees. Cover your eyes with a Yogitoes hBAND. Stay in this position at least 5- 10 minutes and feel the stresses of the day melt away.
- Most importantly, take a few minutes to sit or lay with your eyes closed and think of 3-5 things you are grateful for today. Always be sure to include your yoga practice in that list.