Here in Princeton, New Jersey today was a gloomy, rainy, dreary day.
As the rain fell and melted the snow I was dreaming of warmer weather and white sandy beaches. So I decided to go on vacation.
That is, I had my students throughout the day visualize a tropical beach as a relaxation technique.
So if you are ready to go on a little getaway follow along:
- Lie down on a mat in a quiet room.
- Close your eyes, separate your legs as wide as your mat, and turn your palms up towards the ceiling, drawing your shoulder-blades onto your mat.
- Visualize your favorite beach and picture yourself lying down in the sand.
- Start to relax each of your body parts starting with your toes, followed by your ankles, shins, calves….
- Picture these body parts sinking into the sand.
- Picture the sun warming your arms and legs.
- Relax your jaw.
- Soften your eyes behind your eyelids.
- Start to listen to your breath and hear the sounds of waves crashing on the beach.
- Stay here for 5-10 minutes.