Relax Your…

gray linen bed - blog post about a tactic to help you sleep

Sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep. Usually if I read that helps me calm my mind but othertimes I can just tell I have tension in my face and body and I need to relax it to be able to fall asleep.

One technique I’ve used doesn’t come from any article I’ve seen online but from a Bikram yoga class I used to take years ago. One of my favorite teachers was Asian and had a very thick accent that I found calming.

​​​​​​​At the end of class they would pass out cold lavendar towels to drape over your face (Bikram yoga is done in a very hot room), and while you relaxed into savasana this teacher would go down your body saying…

Relax your hair,
relax your scalp,
relax your forehead,
​​​​​​​relax your ears,
relax your eyebrows,
and on down the body…

She would list every little part of the body that you didn’t even realize you were clenching or holding tension and I would immedialy relax it. I loved her accent and the whole experience was lovely.

For me I found myself holding a lot of tension in my face, jaw, and tongue.

So when I’m trying to relax in bed I mentally go through her long list of body parts and tell myself to relax each one, and by the time I get to my feet, I’m much more relaxed than I was a few mintues ago.

I also do this when I’m driving. I find myself clenching my jaw a lot and I always try to remind myself to relax my face, jaw, and tongue.

So next time you feel tense or need to relax, try this!


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