How do you know you need some Restorative Yoga in your life now?
- Your mind won’t slow down.
- You’re worried about things out of your control.
- You feel disconnected from your body and your yoga practice.
- Your hips, spine and shoulders are achy or creaky.
- You're not sleeping very well.
- You’re about to snap at someone you’re quarantined with over something trivial.
- You’ve checked your phone twice since starting to read this post.
So, yeah, we all need these poses right now...
If you can spare ten to fifteen minutes, then these are the three poses I would go to:
Reclining Bound Angle
Bring your feet sole to sole and allow the knees to pull to the floor. Lie on your back, or even better, take a bolster, or a couple of throw pillows and put the behind you to support your back. If you are using the bolster, allow your head to fall back, the throat to stretch, and your ribs to expand.
Keep your feet sole to sole and lie down on your stomach. You can place a bolster underneath your torso. The feet will probably pull off the floor. No worries! As you hold the posture they may start to lower down. Just enjoy the front hip and inner thigh stretch.
Separate Leg Stretching
Open up your legs to a straddle position. Bring a bolster, pillow, or block to lean into. Keep your chest forward to activate the low spine stretch.
I hope you take this time for you. Hold each posture for about five minutes. Put on some relaxing music. Maybe light a candle or burn some incense. Take in the beauty of the moment. Indulge in it.
Share this post with a friend that you think might enjoy it. These three poses might be the kindest thing you do for them, and for you, all week.
Join Tori for an online Virtual Restorative Yoga Class on Fridays at 9am CST. For more info about her intermediate sessions, and to register for class, go to: https://meetmeonyourmat.yoga/shop
Tori Hicks-Glogowski is a yoga instructor and yoga business coach and mentor for yoga teachers. She is the author of the book, "Views from the Podium: The Life & Times of a Hot Yogi," and has been writing and sharing her yoga experience for the past seven years. Find out more about Tori now.