Good morning everyone!
After yesterday’s ‘shocking’ challenge, today brings you something more relaxing and restorative.
Your task is to:
Get onto the ground and put your feet up.
Inspired by the yoga pose called Viparita Karani, or Legs Up on Wall Pose, this is one of the best ways to relax, relieve stress and reduce overall tension in the body. Not only is it one of the easiest poses that doesn’t require strength or flexibility, you can do it anywhere and at any time.
Simply get down onto the ground, scootch your bottom close to the wall and then lie flat on your back. Gently swing your legs up the wall and either rest your feet on the wall with your knees bent or rest your heels on the wall with your legs straight depending on the tightness in your hamstrings.
Even 5 minutes can have an impact, but try to do longer where needed and time permits.
When last were you on the ground? Even sitting on the floor instead of on a chair? Can’t remember? Well, it’s time to get back into it.
It has incredible health benefits, and it can be a way to become more playful and boost your mood. When you think about children and their love of being on the ground, you’ll understand.
Another reason to get on the ground is its impact on your body and your ability to relax and unwind. It can help you to recover from a workout by improving circulation, relieve tight hamstrings and improve your posture; something we can all benefit from if we’re sitting behind a desk for hours on end at work or school.
While it may feel strange or be difficult the first couple of times you do it, the more often you get into this pose and the longer you hold the position (usually between 5-15 minutes is great), the more your body will adjust. You’ll have less pain, you’ll feel better afterwards, and you may even see improvements in your sleep quality, particularly if you do it at night before bed.
Another amazing way to beat stress and give your body some time to relax is through massage therapy. That’s why with today’s task, we’re giving away a complimentary massage with one of Aches Away Toronto’s highly skilled Registered Massage Therapists!
Add your comment about meditation below and you could be randomly selected to win this great prize.
To see what fellow participants are saying about the way this relaxing pose benefits them, be sure to visit the Supercharge Your Health Facebook Group.
To your good health,
Team Aches Away
PS) Anytime, anywhere, when you’re feeling stressed or need to relax, this is a great technique to keep in mind.
PPS) Another stress-busting, mood-boosting task is up tomorrow
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