Even doing yoga postures, from what looks like a simple seated posture to more elaborate contortions, can be challenging in the sense of a physical effort that contributes to fatigue. Relaxation is key if these other postures’ body conditioning is to take place. Therefore, an integral and important element of body and breath practice is frequent supine (lay on your back) or prone (lay on your belly) relaxation intervals. Not just for yoga class, this relaxation approach is for life. It is necessary balance within the duality the body must deal with. Just sitting with good posture for much of the day, if your work requires it, coupled with a few breaks, is fatigue building. It’s load bearing on your nervous system.
You just want a break. Yet rarely is that met with a wise and healthy response. Though the solution is so simple.
Put it in your life.
Notice especially when fatigue creeps up. You will be less mentally clear or sharp and or your body will just feel heavy and/or tired. Lay down.
You will be renewed.
These positions provide you with a relaxed, comfortable bodily state allowing you to focus fully on the breath, be in the moment, and in effect remove fatigue that is slowing you down and making you feel tired, heavy, or lethargic. Such a resting state can be applied at any time during the day as and when you feel that sense of lethargy and fatigue.
Solution: do it, and here’s how. But more importantly, be bold and brave enough to just take those breaks, during a yoga (asana) class, throughout the day, before a meeting, in the mid-afternoon lull. It’s not just a good idea, it’s essential, yes, essential living!
Supine Relaxation Practice:
Lay on your back and relax, common in any body-based yoga class as savasana, literally meaning corpse pose. Simple in design yet difficult in proper execution, this supine relaxation method is described as an almost complete lack of movement – due to tension and restlessness – in the body coupled with a still mind, in-the-moment with soft breathing.