I’ve been feeling not-so-hot this week. A nagging sore throat and stuffy nose have me wanting to sleep in and skip my practice. It seems like folks are divided on whether it’s best to push through with your yoga when you’re feeling a little worn down or if you should hit the snooze instead.
Rather than totally blowing of my practice this week, I tried to find gentle, relaxing poses to help clear my head and give my immune system a little boost. This series took about 30 minutes:
Hold each pose for up to 30 seconds….listen to your body.
- Lotus Pose – some gentle neck rolls are nice here
- Switch up your feet in lotus, so the opposite foot is on top, and do some alternate nostril breathing. The link recommends doing 3-5 cycles, but I think I did closer to 8-10.
- Cat pose
- Cow pose
- Downward Dog
- Big Toe pose
- Tree Stand
- Wide Legged Forward Bend
- Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend
- Child’s pose
- Reclined Twist
- Legs Up the Wall
- Corpse pose/Relaxation
So what do you guys think about doing yoga (or exercising in general) when you’re feeling under the weather?
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by My Yoga Online