During this period of "flattening the curve," we should all being doing what we can to improve our immunity. This month we have a 3 min immunity practice from Raquel.
Hilary Nihlen is a friend of Humble Warrior. She has several accessible yoga practices on YouTube. This is just one of them. Search for Hilary Nihlen on YouTube to view more and/or subscribe to support Hilary.
February is a quirky sometimes out of balance month. Join Raquel in a balance sequence. Check out our first video.
The psoas is a long muscle on either side of the vertebral column and at the brim of the pelvis. It is among the most significant muscles that overlie the vertebral column. Over time, the psoas can shorten and become very dry. Law Enforcement duty belts often create anterior pelvic tilts, causing the psoas to be in a constant state of flexion (shortened). This causes the muscles in the lower back to over work and be in a constant state of extension.
This short yoga practice can be done anytime, but is very beneficial after a shift. Comfortable padding is recommended such as a pillow or rolled up blanket. This practice includes stretches from the floor while weight bearing on the knees. Feel free to follow along with the video, but do shorten or lengthen time spent in the stretches based on your needs or abilities.
Humble Warrior extends gratefulness and gratitude to our Law Enforcement for all that you do!
Find our video on our YouTube Channel
Do you have a hard time falling asleep or have interrupted sleep?
There are specific yoga postures and practices to help you improve sleep. Yoga Nidra is an ancient yoga for sleep practice. A modern, veteran-friendly practice is called "Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra Meditation" or "iRest" for short.
iRest is an evidence-based practice that leads to enhanced well-being and improved sleep. According to iRest.org, "the practice is integrative as it heals the various unresolved issues and traumas that are present in your body and mind, and restorative as it enables you to recognize your innate peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life." Some veterans have shared testimonials that the practice helped with symptoms of insomnia, pain, and PTS/PTSD.
What are the benefits? iRest tools and practices are developed to help you:
~ Relax deeply
~ Release stress
~ Increase resiliency
~ Nourishes noble qualities such as joy, peacefulness, empathy, and more
We are excited to announce that we will be offering a six week iRest workshop for women veterans and first responders this spring. Watch our social media channels and Events page on our website for information coming soon. If you have questions about this offering please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.