Slow down and surrender to the joy of the present moment
Restorative yoga, longer held poses supported with blankets, belts, and blocks, provides the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and refresh from the summer heat. Holding poses longer in restorative yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate, dilates the blood vessels, which increases the flow of fresh oxygenated blood, and relaxes the overall nervous system. The practice is slow and cooling and it is appropriate for almost everyone. Don’t fight the heat. Lie down and enjoy it.
Here are 3 poses to open the body and to relax in the heat that surrounds you.
Supta Baddha Konasana/Supported Bound-Angle Pose
This pose allows for a deep opening in the chest, abdomen and pelvis. Soles of the feet press together and are held with blanket. Stay here for 15 minutes.
Seated Forward Bend
This pose stretches the lower back while relieving tension in neck and shoulders. But best of all, it quiets the mind. Stay in this pose for 5 minutes-switch the feet-remain for another 5 minutes.
This is a Savasana appropriate for all. It is a wonderful tonic for a day in the garden. Relax in the pose for 20 minutes.
Eileen Daneri teaches the restorative class at Karuna on Friday nights. She also frequently offers wise assists in Eileen’s classes and greets us all as we check in for class. Her beautiful smile is always a nice start to practice.