MENTAL-HEALTH-INFORMED YIN YOGA
If you are feeling stiffness and tightness in your body or have been under a lot of stress, Yin Yoga offers time and space to slow down, release physical tension and calm the mind. Explore the beauty of passive stretching: gently opening, compressing and twisting the body to feel more relaxed and expansive.
Mental-health-informed Yin Yoga mindfully facilitated by Elena, is all about creating a nourishing and safe environment where you can be fully present with yourself. It empowers choice and self-inquiry and lets YOU be in control of your experience!
VIDEO CLASSES FOR FATIGUE
When your energy level is too low, strength or fitness exercises may be completely out of the question, especially if you are dealing with severe fatigue. But there are still ways to work on your body very gently – the key is to find the type of exercise that works best for YOU, be it gentle yoga, Qigong, stretching, or maybe just mindful breathing.
The length of these exercises and time intervals are equally important! We’ve taken these factors into account when creating our video series with qualified teachers that will carefully guide you throughout the class. (Check the FAQ below)
When it comes to prolonged or chronic fatigue, first of all, you need to be very mindful of the type of exercise or physical activity that you choose. While many strenuous exercises can make you feel worse and cause post-exertional malaise, certain low impact exercises can be very beneficial. They can help you improve your blood circulation, increasing muscle tone, releasing fascia, regulating your nervous system, building body awareness, promoting deeper relaxation, and reducing many symptoms related to fatigue.
On our website, you will find a selection of short, gentle exercises, and relaxation techniques for different abilities that are suitable for people with chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, and burnout. BUT, as everyone’s level of fatigue and everyone’s body is different, it is absolutely CRUCIAL to observe how you are feeling while doing exercises. If you notice any discomfort, you should always pause and rest. Listen to what your body is telling you!
Either way, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
If you are not sure, start with something as simple as a breathing exercise. This will allow you to tune into your body and understand what exactly you need at a given moment, whether it’s rest or some physical activity. If you do feel that you are ready to exercise, ask your doctor for advice. But as you learn to listen to your body, you will have a better understanding of what you may benefit from static stretching, soft movement or maybe a slightly more challenging routine.
Here at Back to the Body, we aim to offer you a variety of options and movement styles so that you can choose what’s right for you to develop deeper awareness of your own body and its needs.
You may also want to check our posts on How to Reconnect with Your Body and Find the Right Type of Exercise for Adrenal and Chronic Fatigue and How To Rest When You Are Constantly Tired – Relaxation Techniques for Chronic Fatigue, Adrenal Fatigue, and Burnout.
It would depend on your current energy level and your abilities. As a general rule – start with a shorter practice and build it gradually. Always start slowly and do less, don’t push yourself to the limit to avoid post-exertional malaise and flare-up! A 5-minute-long or even shorter gentle movement routine might be just enough at the moment; you can always extend it when you are ready.
If you are used to exercising before, with fatigue, you may not be able to do as much anymore – this is absolutely normal. Find your new optimum and work with that. Also, keep in mind that your level of energy can fluctuate from day to day, so you may need to decrease the length and frequency of your practice until you feel better.
Check with your doctor for personalised advice.