Even with the best intentions, so many of us end up overindulging on Christmas day and feeling quite tired afterwards, heading to the couch for a nap. However when our body is busy trying to digest all that yummy Christmas food, having a sleep in a strange position isn’t always the best solution.
While yoga nidras are a great way to boost energy when we’re tired, they are best performed a few hours after a meal. The 8-16-32 breath technique is an excellent relaxation you can do after lunch or dinner, to recharge your batteries while at the same time aiding digestion and reducing bloating. Following a meal we want to focus on lying on the left side to help with the digestive process, so the longest part of this practice is spent on our left.
8-16-32 breath relaxation technique
- Find a place where you can comfortably spread out and not be disturbed. Take your time and try to not rush the practice.
- Start in Shavasana (corpse pose). Lie on your back, arms slightly away from the body, palms facing up. Legs hip width apart, feet flopped to the side. Relax the whole body. Close the eyes.
- Take 8, deep, full abdominal breaths. Feel the belly rise on the in breath, feeling the belly sink as you exhale.
- Roll onto your right side now, relaxing the whole body.
- Take 16 abdominal breaths. Feel the belly rise on the in breath, feeling the belly sink as you exhale.
- Roll onto your left side now, relaxing the whole body.
- Take 32 abdominal breaths. Feel the belly rise on the in breath, feeling the belly sink as you exhale.
- Gently and slowly raise yourself back to seated and take a few normal breaths in and out the nose.
I hope you can file this away in your Christmas survival toolbox and try it out on Christmas or Boxing Day! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas 🙂
If you have any questions feel free to contact me or have a chat after class.
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