14 Sep 7 Days of Self Love
Time to shower yourself in love! Yoga is an ultimate act of self-care, because it helps you self-soothe during stressful times and regulates your nervous system. By manipulating our breath, posture, and organs, and glands, we are setting up conditions for the physical body to be more at ease and the mind to be more clear. Here is a 7-day self-love yoga home routine that can have a profound effect.
Day 1: Begin with about five minutes of meditation. End your day with a few minutes of legs up the wall pose to reduce inflammation from standing.
Day 2: Start your morning with no phone, and instead practice your deep breathing and meditation for five minutes. Before you go to bed, do a few minutes of legs up the wall pose and pigeon pose on each side.
Day 3: Your morning starts the same way as it did on Day 2: five minutes of meditation and deep breathing, and no phone. Try to avoid turning to your phone for the first 30 minutes until you wake up. Do pigeon and rounded plough pose before bed and focus on directing your breath to the lower back, kidney region of your body.
Day 4: Wake up and meditate on your breath for five minutes. End your day with a wide-legged forward fold and rounded plough pose. Hold each posture for a few minutes — yes, minutes — to really deepen into the stretch.
Day 5: Start your morning with deep breathing and five minutes of meditation. As you sit, focus on your breath and any other sensations you feel in your body. Before bed, prop yourself up in a restorative fish pose, and then restorative bridge pose for a few minutes.
Day 6: Wake up and meditate for five minutes. End your day with pigeon and rounded plough pose. Hold the poses for up to five minutes if possible. Count your breath and slow it down.
Day 7: Try 10 rounds of “four square breathing,” a technique that involves inhaling for four counts, holding the breath for four counts, and then exhaling for four counts, she says. After that, meditate for five minutes. At the end of the day, do legs up on a wall, restorative fish pose, and restorative bridge.
Head over to Power Living‘s online yoga studio, yogaholics and join one of our favourite teachers, Eliza, in her 3-min meditation basics. You will be getting present to the basics as you start on your meditation journey. Are you ready to meditate?
We see you on the mat, yogi!
Edited from Refinery29 by Yogaholics team.