Yoga has been rough lately. I’ve been traveling off and on, have some personal stress, and then I had this inner ear problem that messed up my equilibrium. I am a little behind in my goal, but thankfully I have plenty of time and opportunity to catch up. I’ve definitely noticed the effects of the lack of consistent yoga practice! I’m struggling with stress and anxiety, sleeping poorly, and that’s all interrelated to how nutrition is affecting my blood sugar. It’s a pretty vicious cycle.
There are plenty of poses I could pick this week to focus on stress and anxiety. I practiced last night and did several that were beneficial, which helped me feel calm and balanced for the first time in a couple weeks. Unfortunately, my sleep was terrible, but my blood sugar finally behaved this morning, so I’ll take that as a win!
Today, I will pick a simple pose that has a huge benefit for stress and anxiety – Uttanasana (standing forward bend). As always, the Yoga Journal link:
Uttanasana is a relaxing pose for me – it may help that I can reach the floor easily, otherwise, I could imagine that being a frustration. Inversions, in general, are really good for stress, which is one of the reasons I love aerial yoga (well, until my equilibrium got messed up and ever inversion made me insanely dizzy). It activates the parasympathetic nervous system and calms the sympathetic one, so it gives you a break from your fight or flight reflexes.
Uttanasana is even better because you’re stretching out the back of your legs and you abdomen. It’s supposedly a great pose for insomnia, as well, but I suspect you can’t combat two weeks of poor sleep with one good yoga practice! I’ll get back into the normal routine though and pray my sleep starts to improve. It’s also good for high blood pressure, digestion, and to relieve headaches.
It’s the perfect way to end a stressful day – or two weeks!!