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Yoga For When You’re Sick

Welcome to your yoga practice for when you’re feeling sick. When we are feeling unwell, the body has this natural tendency to curl in. You may notice that your shoulders and upper back body round forward. You may also notice that your muscles feel sore and stiff. When we are feeling sick, muscles tend to enter a state of contraction. Our body is in defend and protect mode when we feel sick. So yes, it feels like crap when we are under the weather; however, this feeling is a prerequisite for the healing process to begin.

Now, many of us (myself included) tend to get a little frustrated when we feel sick. Maybe you say, “I hate being sick,” “this sucks,” “I have so much to do, but can’t do anything because I’m sick,” “I hate being stuck in bed all day,” “I just want to feel better soon” and “why don’t I feel better already?” It is so good that you are expressing how you feel. With that said, remember that thoughts have power. The words you choose to express how you feel can affect your healing. For this reason, we use an affirmation and a visualization technique that is designed to promote healing in this practice. This class also includes gentle heart and hip openers that open us up to receiving healing light and energy. We will also engage in a sweet and gentle self-massage. This will feel amazing for sore, stiff and achy muscles.

In relation to breathing, if you can, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth throughout this class. If your nose is stuffed up, you can softly breathe in and out through your mouth.

Please bring a blanket and a pillow to your space. Some nice to have items are an eye pillow or face cloth (great if you are experiencing a headache), Kleenex and a glass of water. Water is important for flushing toxins out of the body, which can nourish and support your body in the healing process.

Finally, take a moment to thank yourself for rolling out your mat and taking time for self-care. This is an act of self-love. You are sending loving, kind and compassionate messages to your mind and body.

Thank you for being here!

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