For so long, I aggressively resisted fatigue. I would push my body well beyond its limits, thinking that it was more important to complete my to do list. Maybe if I just ignored my body long enough, the fatigue would just go away. Ha! That never worked.
I've learned that fighting against the fatigue, pushing through it and just doing whatever it is I think I "should" be doing, leaves me feeling even worse for a longer period of time than I would have if I had just listened to my body's cry for rest. It is much better to surrender to rest in order to overcome fatigue, and we can use certain yoga poses to create constructive rest that nourishes mind, body and spirit.
In this week's yoga practice, we will be using props to support the body in yoga poses that combat fatigue by recirculating stagnant energy and relaxing the mind and body. These poses include:
- Prasarita Padottanasana - standing wide legged forward bend (with support)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana - supported bridge pose
- Supine Twist
- Balasana - child's pose
- Savasana - corpse pose
This practice ends with a guided meditation in savasana to help you deeply relax so that the body may revitalize its energy stores. Click the video below to get started.