Tremor, also called shaking, can be used to release stress and trauma.

Here are few simple steps to induce tremor using an easy yoga exercise.

  1. Fatigue your muscles with a physical activity you enjoy (run, bicycle ride, or a yoga class);
  2. Lie on your back in a Reclining Bound Angle Pose, also called Cobbler Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana in Sanskrit, on a yoga mat:
    • Sole of your feet together;
    • Knees drop to the sides;
    • Try to keep your lower back in contact with the floor;
    • Place your arms along the sides of your body and your palms facing up;
    • Relax your shoulders;
  3. Lift your pelvis up and hold your pelvis up for a minute;
  4. Bring your hips down and notice the natural opening of your hips;
  5. Bring your knees a little closer – about 1 or 2 inches closer;
  6. Hold for 2 minutes;
  7. Let the vibrations rock your body;
    • It is possible to feel agitated;
    • You could feel your body temperature increasing;
    • Emotions may arise as we tend to store emotions in our muscles;
    • Acknowledge that your body is doing what it should do;
    • Let go of control;
    • Resist the temptation of looking at your legs and focus on the tremors;
  8. Remember that you are in a safe place and in a controlled environment;
  9. Most importantly you can free yourself from the exercise by placing the soles of the feet on the floor or by strengthening your legs;
  10. After 2 minutes, assess the sensations on a scale of one to ten – one meaning you are not feeling anything at all and ten meaning you can’t hold the exercise anymore. You will aim for a seven;
    • Fine tune by closing or opening your knees;
  11. You can decide to stay longer or end the exercise at any moment if the tremors get to intense or uncomfortable;
  12. When you bring your feet to floor you might still feel the vibrations in your legs;
  13. Close your eyes and enjoy the stillness;
  14. You should close the Exercise with a guided meditation to increase the benefits of the practice.

Feel free to repeat this induced shaking to release stress and trauma whenever needed.