Thursday, 20 April 2017

Surviving the Exam Season for Teens: Part One

It's that time of year that brings the darkest clouds on the sunniest of days: EXAMS!
But don't panic, you can create your own sunshine and find light at the end of the tunnel by applying the yogic magic to the season.
Over the next few posts I will be introducing a series of simple yogic practices you can do whenever you take a break which will bring an instant sense of calm (and perspective).
One of the most relaxing poses is Viparita Karani or Legs Up The Wall Pose.

How does it work?
This is an inversion where your legs are above your head and you gain the same benefits as if you were in a headstand or handstand.
This is a powerfully restorative pose that will rejuvenate tired legs, relieve mild backache and calm an anxious mind.

Avoid if you have serious back, neck or eye problems.

Lie with your buttocks as close to the wall as possible and extend your legs up the wall. Position your palms to your abdomen or arms out to the side.  Alternatively, arms overhead with elbows softly bent.  Allow the shoulders to soften and relax into the floor. Keep the back of the neck long.  Stay here for up to ten minutes, breathing deeply through the whole body. Alternatively, you can let the legs fall out to a wide “V” shape to stretch the inner thighs.
Another great use for your heavy text book is to place it on the top of your feet as it will help you feel more grounded.

Visit next week for another pose to help ease you through the exam season or join Teen Yoga every Tuesday at Life Balance Studio, Harington Road, Formby between 6pm and 7pm.

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