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June 26 2018

Staff Pick Tuesdays: Relaxation Routine

By Mark Sisson
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We’re in the last few days of the 21-Day Challenge now…. Successes so far? Stumbling blocks along the way? Lingering ideas/questions coming to the fore? I’ll be announcing winners to the contests throughout the rest of this week, and tomorrow you’ll all be voting on the best Grok Pose of 2018.

But for today, we’re kicking back and focusing just on R&R. A few of the staff volunteered to share their favorite ways to recharge. The Primal Blueprint isn’t a diet after all. It’s a full lifestyle—a path to living awesome, and rest and relaxation are critical parts of that endeavor. Grok excelled in this area in fact. How are your relaxation routines working for you these days? Hope you find some inspiration this morning, everyone. Wishing you well.

“I love doing yoga – taking time to move my body and breathe deeply. It’s amazing how quickly I can relax and refocus after spending even 10 minutes on the mat. I think it’s super important to stretch and get to you know how your body moves. Yoga has helped me a ton as an athlete, and I really think it’s made me a more balanced human overall.” – Annie M.

“I love this little remote spot by one of the lakes in Pheonix, AZ. It’s so peaceful during the early springtime when the snow has partially melted. The air is crisp and clean, the foliage is new and green. A great place to chill and relax.” – Michelle F.

“Seeing Buddhist sculpture/art is an instant reminder for me to breathe, be calm, stay mindful and aware of the moment. The combination of the Buddha with the flowing water puts me in a more tranquil mood.” – Sabrina T.

“I have so many relaxation routines, I didn’t know which one to choose! This pair of intertwined spruce trees are what I call The Turnaround Trees. From my front door to these trees is two miles; if I “turn around” here, I can log a 4-mile meditative country walk to my day. I don’t need any special shoes, wearables, or gadgets to get this done. I’m not trying to crush a PR. It doesn’t have to show up on Instagram… I just go as I am — barefoot, sometimes; sometimes carrying my evening glass of wine. If I time it just right, I can catch the sun setting over the Rocky Mountain foothills. Normally my phone isn’t allowed to come on this walk with me – a non-negotiable element of all of my relaxation rituals! – but I made an exception just this once, so the MDA crowd can see that a meditation practice can be as simply unstructured as this.” – Erin P.

“Relaxation for me happens outdoors. I do my deepest meditation outside, and I feel the most recharged after a morning on the trails or (more to the rest theme) under the trees. I got to spend a few hours in this hammock a couple of weeks ago, and even the image itself helps re-ignite the relaxation response.” – Jen W.

Thanks for stopping by today, everybody, and I hope you’ll share what you do to kick back and de-stress. And if any of the images or ideas got some thoughts going for you, let the bees and I know.

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  1. I am going to incorporate all of these suggestions in my routine. Thank you. I live close to the beach and spend so much time there, its so relaxing.

  2. I love all the staff comments about spending time outdoors! Taking a walk through the woods is a non-negotiable for me. It is honestly like a medication for me. I feel so lucky to live in a place where the forest starts right outside my door.

  3. I appreciate this post so much today. It’s been a particularly hard one, & these words of wisdom have fortified my soul. Sometimes it’s far too easy to let the weight of the world get to you.

    Cheers guys.

  4. Out into nature is good. Sunsets, sunrises, mountains, forest are beautiful. Exercise is good too. But, why not learn to relax in a way that even time spent at the office or the supermarket in its way is as good as the other things.

    If the mind can relax in nature or in exercise why not learn how to bring it to do the same thing during the rest of daily life. Meditation is great. I practice it daily and teach it part time, however, living calm and at ease is just as important. Letting the effect of meditation flow on through daily life.
    Meares’ method of Stillness Meditation teaches meditation (really natural mental rest) and how to live calm and at ease. For me it is the missing link to stress management within the framework of the primal blueprint. Of course, learning this relaxing meditation has the reverse effect that those times spent in nature and exercise and other things seem all the better as well.
    cheers OB

  5. Loved this post.

    We all need more relaxation. The modern world is just not conducive to a low stress lifestyle. Thanks for the tips, & words of wisdom.

  6. I find nature so healing. It’s the best medicine, sad how we are destroying so much of it. It’s truly restorative for mind and body.

  7. Ahhh – exhaling just reading these! Thank you!

    I begin and end each day with a yoga practice merging movement, breath and mantra/prayer/surrender. This time of year, my morning practice is on a deck looking out at mountains, lake and sky here in Nelson, British Columbia.

    Most afternoons, I also take a walk along a wooded mountain trail – my favourite place to have calls with clients as a Primal Health Coach!

    And each evening, before dinner and then again before bed, I step outside, breathe in the cool air, and gaze at the lake and mountain tree line. These connect me to myself…and to something much, much larger. They fill me with ease – body, mind and spirit.