The Nap Meditation (How to Protect Your Happy Place Part 2)

By: 
Dr. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC, PYT

Welcome to Part II of the Protect Your Happy Place series! No worries if you missed Part I, here it is: Protect Your Happy Place: Where Stress is Positive & Your Core is Strong.

Now that you are all caught up with how to Protect Your Happy Place, let’s get down to business. The NAP Meditation optimizes your ability to do everything from speak, sing, exercise, do everyday tasks such as housework or heavy lifting, and even have better sex.

Practice The NAP Meditation

 

The NAP Meditation Tips:

You can practice “NAP”ing anywhere so long as you don’t close your eyes while driving or cooking, lol. Seriously though, even 2 minutes of practice can help reset your nervous system and soothe stress, improving your resilience and your core strength, voice, respiratory diaphragm and pelvic floor all at the same time! For fun, the longer you can exhale while NAP-ing, the better and stronger you’ll be with stress response and core strength. Beginners can start with a 3-6 count inhale and 3-6 count exhale. 

For Advanced Practice: 

As you progress (and for more fun!), work your way up to a 12 count inhale and 12 count exhale. But don’t stress, if you can’t do that, simply work on elongating your exhale, feeling the waist draw in and the pelvic floor painlessly and gently lift, while releasing all tension in the throat and neck area, especially the tongue! 

For Super Advanced Practice (just kidding, anyone can do this one): 

For those focusing on dynamic vocal power, allow the tongue to rest behind the bottom teeth during the “P” (pitching) part of creating tonal sound. For those focusing on relaxation and passive work (you choose not to make sound (phonate), simply rest the tongue behind the upper teeth. You can vary your practice between both types if you like! 

Don’t forget, if you can’t remember what The NAP Meditation is all about, or you need to practice some of the other breath types I mentioned in the video, go here: Protect Your Happy Place: Where Stress is Positive & Your Core is Strong.

Happy NAPPING! 

Want to learn more? My short 3 part course on “NAP”ing is available from Yoga U Online: Core Foundations for Health & Well-Being: The Vagus Nerve & The Three Diaphragms

And further your studies with YogaUOnline and Dr. Ginger Garner - The Essential Vagus Nerve: Achieving Nervous System & Whole Health Balance.

Reprinted with permission from www.gingergarner.com

 

Ginger Garner DPT, ATC/LAT, PYT

Dr. Garner is a physical therapist, author, and educator. She has spent her multi-decade career dedicated to treating chronic pain in women’s health & orthopaedics, founding one of the first integrative physical therapy practices in the US. She is the founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Institute®, the first yoga therapy certification for healthcare providers in the world & the author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, slated for translated in 4 foreign languages.

Ginger teaches online, domestically, & internationally through universities & educational organizations. As a vocalist & perpetual student, Ginger takes a “whole person” biopsychosocial approach to the practice of physical therapy, where she has spent 25 years studying and using Yoga, Pilates, Music, Mindfulness, Meditation, Manual Therapy, Ayurveda, and other Functional and Integrative Medicine techniques in self-care and clinical care. 

Ginger is an outspoken advocate for tackling the global maternal health crisis through public health education & research. Her most recent pursuit includes running for public office in North Carolina in order to tackle healthcare and education inequities. Ginger lives with her husband, three sons, and their rescue pup, Scout, in the eastern United States. Visit Ginger at www.gingergarner.com. 

 

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