Take Time for You

As we get ready to enter what I call the Crazy Time Season we have to remember to take care of ourselves.

Self-care is so important but we tend to neglect taking care of No. 1.

I truly believe you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself.

Self-care comes in many forms. For me it can be a yoga class (where I am a student), my monthly massage, an occasional mani/pedi, vegging on the couch binge watching my favorite shows, knitting, restorative yoga, enjoying good cup of coffee or tea while just sipping and enjoying …

Maybe for you it’s any of the things I listed above or it could be a bubble bath, a hike, a bike ride … or something else.

Stress is a big part of our everyday lives.

When restorative yoga is practiced regularly and even as little as five minutes a day, it can help to heal the effects of chronic stress. Adrenal fatigue is a common and growing problem in modern life. Restorative yoga kicks in the parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digest.

On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. I am teaching a restorative yoga workshop.

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a.m./p.m. yoga

am pm yoga

Over the past week my yoga theme was a.m./p.m. yoga.

One of my yoga students recently asked me if I could teach poses that could be done first thing in the morning and some poses that could be practiced right before bed.

What a great idea!

And a.m./p.m. yoga was created by me.

A morning practice can help to encourage mindful breathing and gentle movement, which can help begin your day with ease and joy.

A practice before bed can ease you into a restful night with a quiet yoga practice focused on deep breathing to calm the mind and release physical tension.

A calm, relaxing and Restorative practice before bed helps the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relax) to kick in.

An evening practice can help calm the mind and relieve tension in they body. A soothing practice can be an effective natural sleep remedy.

I gave my students stick figure drawings of the sequence I taught. Though in true Ann fashion in most of my classes I ran out of time and had … Continue reading

Teaching teens Restorative Yoga

Two Sundays ago as I was rolling and carrying all of my props into my Restorative Yoga class (I teach Restorative at the fitness center in my community complex and bring my own props) a woman came up to chat with me.

She said her daughter and her Girl Scout friends were learning about breathing and she was wondering if it would be OK for them to come to class the following week.

Of course!

On Sunday I had three girls come to class, one was 14 and the other two were 13.

I told them about conscious breath. We worked on inhaling on a two count and exhaling on a three count. I told them that a longer exhale can help us support the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). (The sympathetic nervous system is the fight, flight or freeze.)

We started our practice in a seated mediation to work on the two count inhale and the three count exhale.

I asked all of my students to start in a comfortable seat where we would stay for a few minutes. They had blocks, bolsters and blankets and could use whatever they wanted to be comfortable.

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