Day 1: Downward-facing Dog
This pose enables fresh blood to flow into your body. It stretches the neck and cervical spine, releasing the stress in them, thereby reducing anxiety and calming your being.
Doing Yoga moves you from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, or from flight-or-flight to rest-and-digest. You typically have less anxiety and enter a more relaxed state. As soon as you start breathing deeply, you slow down out of fight-or-flight and calm your nervous system.
Day 2: Seated Forward Bend
This pose calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression by stretching the spine, shoulders, and hamstrings. The stretch soothes headaches and anxiety and reduces fatigue and is therapeutic for high blood pressure.
Through yoga, you get to know yourself and cultivate a more nonjudgmental relationship with yourself- you are building self-trust! You exercise more and eat healthier, because your unconscious mind tells you, “I’m worthy of this me time, this effort.” At the end of the day, everything comes down to your relationship with yourself!
Day 3: Wide-angle Standing Forward Bend
This pose helps relieve tension in your back, shoulders, and neck and improves the functioning of your nervous system. It calms you and reduces anxiety.
Yoga helps improve your relationships, especially the romantic one! When you’re more centred and more peaceful with yourself, you’ll be the same way with your partner—you’ll view them through the same lens of compassionate, unconditional love. You’re less reactive—for example, you may know that snapping at your partner is not a wise choice (at times).
Day 4: Upward-facing Bow
A backbend will open your heart and release the stiffness between the shoulder blades—at some point, you will have some sort of emotional release, which you may or may not be conscious of. It’s about doing the inner work to shift or change and be open to doing your best with your weaknesses and faults.
Yoga helps you become aware of your “shadow” qualities. The yoking of solar and lunar (light and dark) in yoga makes us recognise qualities in ourselves that we were not aware of, helping us be more mindful. Because being self-aware brings a lot of good in one’s life.
Day 5: Child’s pose
This pose helps calm your brain and relieves stress and anxiety. It gently stretches your lower back and hips, enabling your body to relax. Peace and calm prevail over your entire being, helping you deal with your depression better.
Yoga can help deal with your emotions and actions. You’re the only one that can change yourself—the only thing you can do is control your actions and your behaviour. Other people will inevitably be forced to show up in a different and better way when you, yourself, are doing so! Think of the Warrior poses—yoga helps you rise up and do your best.
I’m an inclusive, not scary, totally normal yet heavily qualified yoga instructor and founder of YogaBellies® and the Birth ROCKS Method. I’m trained in self hypnosis and meditation and what I love is helping women (ALL women) enjoy yoga without having to whisper all the time and wear fancy activewear that cost a month’s rent.
I believe Yoga is for everyone.