Hi Liv+Dave readers! My name's Gaby and I blog over at This Little Port.I'm a Sydney based yoga teacher, and, in honour of Liv and Dave's imminent move, today I'll share three easy poses for dealing with stress...
1. Alternate nostril breathing. This isn't a pose, it's a pranayama (breathing) technique that restores balance, calms the mind and settles the nervous system. To do it, find a comfortable seat where you can sit with a tall spine. If sitting on the floor is uncomfortable, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Using your right hand, curl the middle 3 fingers in towards your palm. Block your right nostril with your right thumb, inhale only through your left nostril. Block your left nostril with your left pinky and exhale only through the right. Inhale through the right side, block it and exhale through the left. Once you've got the hang of it close your eyes and try to stick with it for 3-5 minutes. At the end sit in stillness breathing normally for a minute or so.
2. Child's pose. This simple pose relieves stress and can alleviate back pain (especially in the lower back). Sit on your shins with your big toes touching, then round your body forward so you rest your belly against your thighs and your forehead on the ground. If your forehead doesn't touch the floor, support it with your hands. Stay for as long as feels good and tune into your breath. In this pose, you'll notice your breath behind your heart, as your back broadens.
3. Legs up the wall. One of my personal favourites, the Sanskrit name of this pose actually translates as 'reversing attitude.' Simply bring yourself to a wall and rest both of your legs against it. Take your arms out wide, close your eyes, breathe into your belly and stay for a good 5 to 7 minutes. It's a game changer.
Thanks Gaby! I am so grateful to have you as a guest over here. It's so helpful while moving.
I will do this little yoga session today, can't wait.
The movers took all our belongings and we are ready to go.
Stressful but exciting. If you want to keep up to date with us in the meantime follow me on instagram
to see what we are up to until we are back to regular posting soon! Take care.