Yoga Nidra for restful sleep

When it comes to inability to rest while being wired and exhausted at the same time, there are few practices that can be as effective as Yoga Nidra. This form of meditation guides you into a state of complete relaxation – a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep, that can aid hugely for those of you with chronic and adrenal fatigue struggling with insomnia and disturbed sleeping pattern.

Cat Boal, a wonderful yoga teacher based in the South of Spain, who recorded this Yoga Nidra meditation specially for Back to the Body project, talks about her understanding of this practice and its benefits for people struggling with fatigue.

You can find the audio recording of Yoga Nidra at the end of this post.

(more…)

How to rest when you are constantly tired – relaxation techniques for persistent fatigue

When you are dealing with adrenal and chronic fatigue, one of the elements that is absolutely essential for healing and building your energy is DEEP REST. The question is, however, how do you rest when you are chronically tired or exhausted?

As with exercising, there’s not just one solution, but rather several options. And sometimes, it’s about combining several techniques that work specifically for you.

Here, I won’t be discussing any treatments, but will share a number of self-help tools that you can use on your own.

Our mind-body connection is quite complex, but it can be summarised in one simple phrase: “where the mind goes the body follows”, although I believe that the opposite is equally true.

That is why it is important to relax BOTH the mind and the body so that you can experience a greater and deeper rest.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” —Thích Nhất Hạnh

(more…)

Yoga poses you can do in bed when dealing with insomnia and fatigue

Yoga poses you can do in bed for insomnia and fatigue

One of the nastiest symptoms of chronic fatigue is not even the tiredness itself, it’s a disturbed sleeping pattern and insomnia when even at night you can’t regain your energy through a restful sleep. And worrying about not being able to sleep is a whole other issue that adds to the problem.

The exercises I mentioned in the previous post work really well when it comes to reducing stress and winding down before going to bed, or even when you wake up at night. But here I’ll talk about something I’ve tried recently during yet another sleepless night and really loved it. It’s doing yoga in bed!

(more…)

Jin Shin Jyutsu self-soothing exercise for stress, anxiety and fatigue

Those of us who have (or had) adrenal or chronic fatigue, or have experienced a burnout, know it too well that even when we rest, our mind rarely does. When our thoughts are racing and the inner dialogue never seems to stop, the body is almost buzzing from the inside. There are many practices and meditations that help you quieten your mind down and ease the emotional arousal, but I’d like to share this particular exercise that works for me like magic.

The exercise I’m about to share was described in Peter A. Levine’s book “In an Unspoken Voice” by (which I mentioned in the previous post), and it is taken from a system of energy flows called Jin Shin Jyutsu.

(more…)