We met with wellness entrepreneur Jules Hunt of Om & the City in Austin, TX recently during our cross country Live Be Yoga Tour. She shared this simple practice and few tips to overcome fatigue and burnout.
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Watch also Jules Hunt’s 3 Tips to Fight Burnout.
Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Step the right foot forward and lower the back knee to the floor. Make sure the front knee is stacked directly over the ankles as you reach your arms overhead. Relax the shoulders away from the ears and sink into the hips. Stay in the posture for 3-5 breaths. Repeat lunge on second side.
Note: If you need extra padding under the knee, fold the side of the mat or use a blanket or cushion.
Goddess Pose (Malasana)
From low lunge, tuck the back toes under to lift the back knee and bring the left foot to the outside of the left wrist. Drop your seat towards the mat or onto a block for support. Bring your hands to prayer pose (anjali mudra) at the heart center and press your inner arms to the insides of your legs. Ground the feet and lengthen the spine as you rock slowly from side to side.
This pose works your hips, which is often where we store emotion. It also helps improve posture and lengthens the spine. This pose is a good antidote to the rounding and hunching over we often do while working on computers or sitting at desks.
Easy Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
From Goddess Pose, press into the feet to slowly straighten the legs and bring the feet about hips-width distance apart to set up for a gentle forward fold. Keep a soft bend in the knees and either let your arms hang or interlace the hands behind the low back for a shoulder opener. Take 5-8 breaths here with the top of the head dropping towards the floor.
This is a great posture to do to release tension in the neck, shoulders and upper back. As we begin to release tension in this area, we can start to release tension from the mind.
Cat (Marjaryasana)/Cow (Bitilasana)
From Forward Fold, step the feet back and lower the knees so you’re in a table top position. The hands are under the shoulders and hips are stacked over the knees. On the inhale, arch the spine, broaden the collarbones and gaze upwards. On the exhale, round the spine, spread the shoulders wide and look back between the legs. Repeat for 3-5 rounds or whatever feels best for you.
Note: You can also find fluid hip circles or flip the wrists to face forward for a more intense stretch in the wrists and forearms. Do what feels good to you.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Separate the knees wide, bring the big toes to touch and move the hips back towards the heels. Drop your belly down to the earth between the thighs and rest your forehead on the mat (or a block if that’s better for you). Spread the fingers wide and the arms long out in front of you. Stay in the pose for 5-10 breaths.
This is a great pose to tune out distractions and to observe sensation and thought.
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