More than 10 years ago I got burned out. I was totally exhausted for some years, and it took many years to recover from this. And still today I can fall back in this pattern, but not as bad. It doesn´t take years to get back on track anymore. When it is has been bad, it can take a couple of weeks to recover. The good thing when you are a yoga teacher or practicing yoga is that you get more aware of your body and soul. You notice earlier the signs that it has been too much and can do something about it pretty immediately. Press the brake and use the amazing yoga tools you have.
It´s summer (in northern hemisphere..) and many of you are soon going on vacation. And before vacation there can be so much to do. It has been for me at least. So in this blog post I want to give you four tips what you can do when you are exhausted or maybe before you even get there. There are so many great yogic tools on my website you can use, and you´ll get some of them below.
I know. Obvious right!? But this we are in general not so good at.
In a studie in Denmark they noticed that the stress hormones doesn´t go down until 10-11 PM for women. (In men 4 PM! They are so good at resting!). So this doctor recommends women to rest when they get home from work at least 10 minutes.
In the yogic tradition it is said that as women we need to rest twice a day, each time 11 minutes. That can seem impossible to get into your daily life. If this is you, I recommend to start slowly. Start with five minutes a day. And when you do it, do it the same time everyday. For example immediately after lunch, when you come home from work or in the coffee break, just to get it in your daily life as a habit.
Here is a guided relaxation that only takes 7 minutes. You can download it as MP3 if you want.
2. Give yourself some self-love
It is easy to forget yourself when you have a lot of things to do. Always remember to be your best firend. Always. To have an inner conversation that is filled with love and compassion for yourself. When you do this, you´ll always do what is best for you.
Here are some tools you can use for self-love:
A meditation that helps you to strengthen your aura and self love.
A very nice shorter yoga sequence that helps you to connect to your heart.
This is a beautiful gift for every woman. Warm oil self-massage or Abhyanga. If I would mention one thing that is an act of self-love it is this!
3. Do things that calms you down
There are so many great tools that can help you to calm down. Yoga, pranayam and meditations are great for that. Specifically they help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & relax) so your muscles relax, and your mind calms down.
Here are some yoga poses that helps with that:
Here are some meditations (my personal favorites!):
Here are some nice pranayam (breathing techniques):
4. Do things that give you energy.
Ok, so have started your rest, give yourself self-love, do yoga that calms you down, but you still feel that you have no energy.
If this is you here are some great yogic tools for that:
This yoga pose is for strengthening the aura, but it also gives you some awesome energy!
I hope these advices help you. Remember to rest!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”