Pop a couple of drops of Lavender or Jasmine essential oil onto a tissue and hold it up to your nose and take a few slow inhalations and exhalations. Simply breathing in the beautiful aroma will begin the process of quietening your mind.
Now, you are going to lie back and discover the benefits of Savasana, or Corpse Pose, as it is often called. I find Savasana is a good friend whom I can turn to when the world has wearied my heart and when my mind is over-whelmed. It allows us to soften and release protective holding patterns in the body and deeply let go.
Lie on your back on the floor - ideally on a yoga mat, for greater comfort. Roll your shoulders down and under. Let your palms roll open to face the ceiling and relax your fingers. Release both legs, allow them to roll open from the hips and allow your feet to turn out equally. You'll know you've found just the right arrangement when you feel yourself dropping into the mat with a blissful smile and a sigh of relief.
Start at the top of your head and progressively relax through every part of your body. Encourage every cell in your body to soften and release. Once you have reached your toes, your only job is to settle in and surrender.
With each breath, feel yourself melting further and further into the floor beneath you. Stay here for as long as feels right – be that five minutes or half an hour.
When you are ready, transition back to waking slowly, and pause for a moment to feel grateful that you were able to take this time for yourself and your wellbeing. Gradually bring yourself back up to an easy-seated pose.
Comfort tip: You may find it more comfortable to lie with a folded towel or blanket under your head for support. If you have an eye pillow place it over your eyes. The weight of the pillow will help your face relax and the darkness will give your eyes a rest. As your body relaxes it will also cool down, so have a blanket to hand to place over yourself if you start to feel chilly.