You’re standing there. Your Shavasana is perfect, but somehow, you can’t stop those nagging thoughts.
“Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.” – Patanjali
The research behind these kinds of thoughts and their causes is huge. One of the explanations is that during our evolution as species, our brains developed to immediately spot the dangers in our surroundings. The amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for sending a signal every time a threat crossed our path, was our survival mechanism. But since it cannot tell the difference between real and imagined life-threatening events in our modern age, it sends the same hormone signal in the body; therefore, we respond accordingly.
However, yoga is the art of quieting this nagging mind. In order to relax completely and advance your everyday yoga practice, you have to practice Shavasana every day. Of course, along with other poses and asanas since these will further relax you throughout the day.
Also perfect for meditation, this pose creates a balance between mind and body. Maybe in this pose, you’ll let those little thoughts pass by without any judgment. Make sure you’re sitting comfortably and that you wear the proper yoga pants. High-waisted capris would be perfect since they will give the proper support to your upper body.
Depending on your level, you should hold the pose for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on your level of stress. You can also breathe mindfully or meditate. Being aware of your breath will balance your emotional and cognitive processes.
This pose is perfect for energizing yourself in the morning. If you love a good morning workout, you usually begin with it.
Just be there, like a child. In this pose, simply watching your thoughts and your breathing will relax you deeply. You will feel exactly like a child, calm and energized for the day. This pose is also good in the evening if you have sleep issues.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
A more challenging pose, it will strengthen your entire core, increasing its flexibility. Make sure you wear workout clothes, a comfortable pair of women leggings, or yoga pants.
Hold it for as long as you can without stressing yourself too much. You will feel this stretch in your whole body and deep relaxation of the mind.
Don’t forget to breathe deeply and even do some ohms. It will feel like a message for your nervous system.
The amygdala will no longer send stress chemicals in your body. If you incorporate these poses into your daily workout routine, the amygdala neural circuits will be less and less activated. You will manage to cope better with your environment and to relax completely at will.