When I witness injustice, my jaw aches. Do you ever have jaw tension?
Even though I just got back from vacation, my TMJ has been acting up. This may have something to do with the onslaught of oppression and dehumanization right now, from those whose job is to protect the vulnerable.
When I feel stressed or angry, my jaw is where my tension and rage goes. A few years ago I learned this jaw release technique, and it helped me so much I want to share it with you.
If you find yourself clenching, or just want a relaxing 10 minutes of restorative yoga, I made you a YouTube video. It's a good one to do before bed or when you first wake up. Try it if you're having trouble sleeping.
You don't have to put your legs up if you don't want to, and there's really not much to watch. Just lie on your back, press play and CHILL. The jaw movements begin at 4.5 minutes into the video.
Micro movements of the jaw and tongue can affect not only your jaw and neck, but on a deeper level your vagus nerve, and thus release tension more globally.
This is a subtle practice, done almost entirely in the restorative yoga posture 'legs up the wall', or viparita karani. Allow this gentle inversion to reverse blood flow and nourish you as you mindfully focus on the subtle movements of your tongue and jaw.
I hope you try the jaw tension tamer YouTube video. Please like and subscribe!
The jaw movements begin at 4.5 minutes into the video. When you're done, let's go smash the patriarchy together! Or you can go to sleep. When we're well-rested, we will be much more effective at building a more inclusive world.
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