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During a stressful period at work, if I only had time for 1, would I benefit more from yoga or meditation?
Gabriella, Climate Control Engineer
After a stressful period at work, I assume you will be tired and lack energy.
Yoga or meditation? Why not do both? Do you know yoga is meditation. Here is a video, I made explaining why. It depends on how familiar you are with the yoga or meditation practice. Choose a practice you are familiar with and know you can do with relative ease.
For a yoga practice, I would focus on a gentle practice to release tension in the body, with a focus on lengthening the exhalations of the breath, to physiologically trigger the relaxation response in the nervous system. Restorative Yoga sounds like exactly something you would benefit from.
Yoga is “easier” to do as it involves concrete actions. For example, moving the body and synchronising the breath to the movement. Such as Apanasana, wind releasing pose, lying on your back, knees tuck into chest, hands resting on knee. As you inhale move knees away from chest, as you exhale draw knees towards chest. Whereas “sitting” meditation practises are “harder” when you’re tired and trying to concentrate with a fluctuating mind moving through intangible thoughts, images, sounds, senses, memories, etc as well as getting the mind to focus on your selected meditation technique.
Go with what you know will make you feel better after. Trial and error my friend. It is like the clothes we wear. The only way we figure out what clothes fit and feel good is when we try them on. Same applies to our yoga/meditation practise.
If in doubt, Apanasana (Link to Demonstration video I created) is a good starting point, focus on lengthening the exhale as you draw the knees away from the chest for a few rounds.