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“Tension IS the stress response finding a home in the body.” ~ Jillian Pransky

We all have places in our bodies where we carry tension. That place at the back of your right shoulder. The joint of your jaw. Your belly.

Tension is different from tightness. Tightness can be stretched and released. Tension can only be released when the nervous system moved out of the sympathetic (fight/flight/freeze) and into the parasympathetic (rest/digest) system. But when we are all swimming in stress from every direction, it takes conscious practice to let go of our habits of holding. Relaxation is how we can digest our lives.

Restorative yoga is fancy relaxation: a supported and intentional time to let go and let the body unwind itself. Today’ practice uses a pile of nesting props from around the house to offer yourself support when everything feels scattered and broken. Please find the video here.

Props for the Nesting Practice:
~ carpeted floor ~ yoga mat ~ blanket
~ 3 firm pillows
~ 1 blanket
~ 2 small pillows or folded towels
~ eye covering
~ extra blanket for covering (optional)
~ tea or water (optional)

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:

Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Habits of Happenstance
Mon Jun 8 ~ Nourishing Movement: Sweet Potato Pudding & Other Habits of Happenstance ~ find it here
Tue Jun 9 ~ Nourishing Movement: Habits of Happenstance & Priorities ~ find it here
Wed Jun 10 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Habits of Happenstance… and Hands, Feet & Eyes (Minimal Props) ~ find it here
Thu Jun 11 ~ Dharma Dance: Habits of Happenstance & the Power of Awareness ~ find it here
Fri Jun 12 ~ All Out All You Movement Party: Changing Habits of Happenstance Little by Little ~ find it here https://youtu.be/Cwug4SpZaZU
Sat Jun 13 ~ Ajna: Making Friends with Breaking Habit ~ find it here
Sun Jun 14 ~ Moon River Restorative: Habits of Holding (Nesting Props) ~ find it here

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