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This week on The Practice, Dr. Gail Parker—psychologist, educator, and author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma—teaches a 9-Minute Guided Savasana for restful sleep. Often the most stressful parts of not being able to fall asleep is the stressful awareness that we are still awake, which makes the odds of drifting off even more elusive. “If you can’t sleep, don’t panic,” says Dr. Parker. “Getting into a Restorative Yoga pose not only evokes our nervous system’s relaxation response and settles any agitation, but it can help us accept our current condition. Even if you can’t sleep, you can always rest.” This guided Supported Savasana practice was designed to help you surrender and find peace in frustrating circumstances.
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