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.
- Fatigue your muscles with a physical activity you enjoy (run, bicycle ride, or a yoga class);
- 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;
- Lift your pelvis up and hold your pelvis up for a minute;
- Bring your hips down and notice the natural opening of your hips;
- Bring your knees a little closer – about 1 or 2 inches closer;
- Hold for 2 minutes;
- 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;
- Remember that you are in a safe place and in a controlled environment;
- Most importantly you can free yourself from the exercise by placing the soles of the feet on the floor or by strengthening your legs;
- 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;
- You can decide to stay longer or end the exercise at any moment if the tremors get to intense or uncomfortable;
- When you bring your feet to floor you might still feel the vibrations in your legs;
- Close your eyes and enjoy the stillness;
- 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.