Ahhhh….Restorative Yoga is on the cards for tomorrow’s session…a well-deserved relaxing class at the end of a weeklong “intensive”.
The class of poses that we call restorative poses are so important because they cultivate the quality of self-care. One of the best ways for us to practice self-care is to do yoga regularly and often. Even just 15 or 20 minutes a day. And, to include the type of sequence I’ve attached as a way of bringing you home to yourself when distractions and commitments threaten to engulf you.
The purpose of this particular sequence is to soothe and quiet, and the props that are used help keep one’s brain passive so you don’t overwork. The trick is to discover how to work from your “inner body” by tuning in, listening to your breath, and surrendering to each posture.
Adho Mukha Virasana
Adho mukha svanasana, head supported on a bolster
Uttanasana, supported, hands, arms and head on the seat of a chair.
Parsvottanasana, supported, head and folded arms on a bolster on the seat of a chair
Prasarita Padottanasana, supported, head on a bolster or seat of a chair
Sirsasana, or preparation
Dwipada Viparita Dandasana, supported over a chair
Bharadavajasana on Chair
Setu Bandhanda Sarvangasana on bolster, heels on block
Sarvangasana, supported on chair
Halasana, supported on chair
Supta Virasana, bolster, blanket
Supta Baddha Konasana, bolster and blanket
Viparita Karani (5-10 min.)
Savasana, eyes covered