Courtesy of Google images

Courtesy of Google images

After a tiring day at work, the last thing you want to do is workout. Usually, you just want to nap.

Today all my co-workers headed back to their apartments to nap, and I wanted to as well. But keeping on with my quest for mental clarity, I headed to yoga and since it was a restorative class, all we did was rest.

 Yoga Nap gives you the best of both the sleep and exercise worlds.

It stretches your muscles, releases your stress, and as a result relaxes you. What could be better? You get the benefits of being well-rested from sleep and the endorphins from exercise.

There are countless resources you can look up online to give you ideas for different poses you can do in your yoga nap. 

Many of the poses open your heart by stretching your arms out. 

The most basic pose is savasana, and is what you should end your practice with.

1. Lie on your back, close your eyes, extend your arms to the side — palms facing up, and let your feet relax.

2. Make sure your shoulders are rolled back and away from your ears. 

3. Focus on a place of peace and tranquility. Somewhere you go to relax, somewhere you’ve visited before, or somewhere you imagine. 

4. Don’t let other thoughts seep in, focus on that place, and think about nothing. Let your mind let go of your day, your stresses, and your thoughts. 

5. Breathe deeply in and out through the nose. 

Try not to fall asleep — beginning meditation you usually will — but once you find the ability to lie and just be without falling asleep, you’ll feel sheer bliss.

Yoga high: 2.5

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