I borrowed this post title from Karen Chow: I was rolling around on her floor one day after a particularly punishing week.
We were scheduled to go out for diner, but I had to do some yoga first. What I meant was, I needed to lie on the floor and do various versions of nothing. Both of us favour this kind of a practice when we are busy and our bodies are tired from teaching too much. It’s called Rakshana krama, and its purpose is to keep us comfortable enough to get through our daily lives.
Also, lying quietly gives your nervous system a chance to settle, relaxing the big muscles of your hips sends the message that you are no longer in fight-or-flight mode, and you often get more stillness of mind by doing this before you try to meditate.
Karen joked that she was going to start a series: 101 ways to roll around on the floor. Because you can always come up with a new and interesting way to do it!
So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first five ways to roll around on the floor. There will be more in this series, and hopefully this will incite Karen to start blogging again, too
You can click here to get this image as a printable PDF.
Also, please note some of these movements are contraindicated if you have osteoporosis, lumbar or neck issues. It’s always best to check with your doctor if you’ve never done these kinds of movements before.
If something feels unpleasant, it’s neither useful to help you destress nor, probably, good for your body. Just skip it and go on to the next thing!
Do the first two movements dynamically, or stay if you prefer. And remember to breathe deeply, evenly and comfortably, with a soft neck!