How to get out of your head

anxiety downward upward yin yoga Nov 19, 2022

Hi everyone,

If you're like billions of other people, you spend most of your day thinking.

Thinking serves us human beings SO well.

But too much thinking, especially without conscious movement breaks, can cause anxiety, headaches, and digestive distress. 

Through the yin yoga poses to follow, I can show you how to get out of your head and back DOWN into your body.

The word "DOWN" is crucial here.

When we think too much, or work too much, it activates something called udana prana.

Udana prana is the upward rising energy in the body (as described in Ayurveda and Yoga Philosophy). It's great, and totally necessary for a functioning human life.

But it's not the only energy we need to survive. 

Here's what I know:

  • In addition to thinking, we also need to FEEL our way through life.
  • Being able to feel your body requires the presence of something called apana prana.
  • Apana prana is the downward moving energy in the body, and is responsible for healthy elimination as well as feelings of contentment and clarity. 
  • By doing yin yoga and myofascial release for the feet, lower legs, and muscles along the spine, we can activate apana prana and FEEL BETTER. 

Use this series of 6 postures to help you get out of your head and reconnect with the rest of your body.

They are...

  1. Bubbling Spring
  2. Great Arches
  3. Tenderizer
  4. Sword Pose
  5. Peanut Pose
  6. Shavasana

For detailed instructions on how to practice each of these postures, check out my Yin Yoga Teacher Training manual here. You can also watch a full-length 1 hour recording of this practice when you join The Anxiety Support Group. 

If you're looking for some instruction about how to relax your tongue during meditation, check out my free guided meditations! There's a 10-minute "Relax the Tongue" practice in there that I think you'll love. 

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