Like my father, I (Stuart) have always worked hard in demanding jobs.
Unlike him, I use yoga to de-stress and stay in shape.
Sadly, Dad died too early from a disease of the nervous system, coming on top of a heart condition.
One thing I do to reduce the chance of the same fate is to start early, but leave work with enough time to fit in almost daily yoga.
No matter how exhausted I may be, I know I can always at least do restorative yoga to calm me down, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep.
As you can see from earlier Posts on this site, sleep is one of the most magic providers of good health that we have.
Restorative yoga is perfect for jobs with stress
Recently, I was working on an election campaign in Arnhem Land in the NT.
Spending all day outdoors, on your feet, in tropical heat, is exhausting.
It’s too easy to go back to your camp or room, collapse in front of any TV that may work, or to suck on a bottle of something that is not good for the system!
With restorative yoga, you are never too exhausted to be able to get into the easy poses that work to reduce fatigue, build energy, and calm the body and mind.
As I bumped across 2,600 kilometres of demanding dirt roads, I carried a few yoga props that made it so much easier to do my daily yoga practice.
The props include the chair you’ll see in some of the poses on this site, a bolster, a strap, some blocks, and of course a yoga mat.
I’ll never forget the exclamation from a guest house manager at Milingimbi when he came to my door and all he could see through the window was my two feet high up the wall…. as I did the Legs Up The Wall pose.
I’d had another day in extreme conditions, under a burning sun that is typical of North Australia.
The mental stress of most jobs… or the many other stresses in this world… is something we all need less of.
Yoga even works in the stress of Australia’s great outback!
In my case, in my recent Arnhem Land expedition, I was driving on poor roads in the middle of a vast expanse of land. Rivers were still barely passable, and mud went on for hundreds of kilometres. If you broke down or had an accident, it could be days before help arrived.
It was a matter of hanging onto the steering wheel very tightly to avoid the car jumping out of the wheel ruts, and at the same time maintaining enough speed to avoid bogging.
If I had gotten bogged, or stalled in a croc invested river, there is no telling how long I would be there for.
And I had to be at the next polling booth on the schedule for the next day of work.
So there was plenty of mental stress, and plenty of physical stress to hunch up my shoulders, and add too much curvature to my back.
Fortunately, I kept at my yoga to manage all of these impacts.
Yoga back in the Flametree Yoga studio
Now I’m back in Darwin safely, I can do even more yoga, with good teachers, to work on the bits of me that now need more yoga help than average.
That’s why I think it is so good that Flametree now teaches restorative yoga as part of it’s beginner yoga course, plus at other levels.
You learn easy poses to restore energy, while slowly building strength and flexibility. Plus you use props, like chairs, bolsters, blocks, and blankets so the poses can be held longer, and so they each work better to give individual benefits… particularly restoring energy.
Flametree has a large timetable of LIVE online & in-studio classes. Flametree teaches genuine, modern classical yoga that fully delivers all the many benefits of yoga. It gets you into the correct positions to naturally help your body and mind work to maximise your health and full potential.
Use one of these generous introductory deals to give it a try.
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