Stress relief with breath and movement
This gentle, 30-minute practice of movement and breathing applies the principles of stress reduction that I teach in my group Yoga-based Stress Reduction program, and in individual sessions.
The net result of chronic stress is a dysregulated nervous system. In other words, it feels like your nerves are fried… or you cry–or snap–at the drop of a hat. Or maybe you can’t sleep. These are all effects of a nervous system on overdrive.
Your nervous system needs three things to help it get back to normal: its energy for mobilizing your body needs to be discharged, and the mind-body needs to be soothed and nourished.
This practice works at all three levels. I invite you to set aside 30 minutes (or even just the first 10, for the breathing practice) and see how it feels to follow along. It might be enough for you to feel an in-the-moment shift.
Grab your cheat-sheet for the forms here. This 1-page illustrated guide will help you remember and practice the forms when you are away from a device.
This Yoga-based stress reduction practice can help reduce your stress, every day
Engaging in simple, pleasant practices like this one, every day, over time, can help regulate the nervous system, counteracting the constant “on” messages that result from stressful lives that feel like you’re trying to hold all those plates in the air while somebody is throwing things at you.
For more about how to use and adapt this practice, grab your free download here.
Want more stress reduction tips you can apply right away? Click here to read more about the three principles of stress transformation (discharge, soothe and nourish) and how to apply them.
My name is Shulamit Ber Levtov. (Shula for short.) I’m a mindset and resilience consultation who supports women entrepreneurs as they ride the emotional rollercaoster of running a business, because we are all stronger with support.
I have offices in Smiths Falls and Merrickville (Ontario, Canada) but am currently working virtually (by phone and video) with clients from around the world.
Over the next two weeks, you will receive some stress-transformation help in your inbox.
After that, you can also look forward to receiving newsletters from me in your inbox a few times each month.
I hope you enjoy the exercises and find them useful.
_/|\_ In gratitude,