**SPOILER ALERT **
I’m doing a wonderfully-restorative class tomorrow for my Yoga for Parkinson’s disease workshop. We are going to support our bodies in really nurturing poses to help restore and renew… the reason we are going this is “fatigue”
What is FATIGUE?
Fatigue is typically experienced as a state of being tired, weary, exhausted and without energy … like you are moving through molasses!
Fatigue not only saps us of the energy we need to step out the door and interact with other (thereby, increase our social isolation), it can also undermine our ability to cope with day-to-day challenges, whether we have PD or not.
Fatigue is a common complain among persons living with PD and is reported to be just as disabling as some of the motor (tremor) and non-motor (sleep) symptoms. Fatigue in PD can be a result of the disease itself or caused by medication used to manage symptoms.
Yoga is way to manage fatigue as it combines movement, rest and stress reduction with the cultivation of prana (life force energy) and the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and renew response). A deep sense of rest can be experienced from extended holdings of restorative poses, such as childs, supine bound angle, knee down twist, and savasana.
Tomorrow we will spend some time in childs pose (balasana)
- Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
- When supported can relieve back and neck pain
- If previous knee injury (especially patellar ligaments), be extra careful with knee placement and depth of the pose
- Kneel on the floor with your big toes together and knees at least hip-width (mat-width) apart.
- Inhale a tall spine and exhale relax your torso between your knees
- Broaden your sacrum across the back of your pelvis and nestle your hips down onto the inner thighs
- Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck.
- Let the middle of your forehead (third-eye) rest on the ground to allow for a slight inversion to enable blood to flow to the brain, OR
- Use bolsters to support the upper torso, and laying a blanket along the sacrum helps to guide the hips gently deeper into the thighs
- If you difficulty sitting on your heels, place a rolled blanket between your calves and thighs for extra support
- Inhale into your back body and feel your torso rising toward the ceiling, lengthening and widening the spine.
- Exhale and release the torso a little more deeply into the fold.
- Stay in balasana anywhere from 30seconds to 3 or more minutes
so fight fatigue and find some time to curl into balasana… and relax, it’s only childs play! much love.