Posts Tagged ‘Restorative Yoga’

Restore

Monday, June 10th, 2013

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.

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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.

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Stonehenge Savasana

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.

A Letter From a Student

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Dear Karuna,

Two years I was read the riot act from my doctor when I went for my annual check-up. Body was creaky, blood pressure, which had always been high normal since my early 20’s, was now high (150/105), my cholesterol numbers were not good but not terrible, and I was about 40 pounds overweight. After promising the doctor to be better, I spent a year getting worse, putting on another 10 pounds or so, and starting to look and feel like my elderly father.  Around 4 months ago on my birthday I made a resolution to eat moderately better and start pranayama, restorative and gentle yoga classes 2X weekly at Karuna on advice of a friend who is also a student at Karuna. A couple of weeks ago I went back to the doctor feeling better than I had felt in years. And the reports were amazing. My weight is down by 25 pounds and my cholesterol numbers are normal (simple dietary changes has a lot to do with this), but the other improvements are definitely the yoga. Amazingly, in just 4 months I have reclaimed a quarter inch back on my height (I still have another quarter inch to go), and most exciting, my blood pressure is spot-on normal by statistic (120/80, and that was on a high stress morning), and personally better than it has been since my teen years when I was super athlete.  Most important for me, I feel at least a decade younger, and I have really only just started. Can’t wait to see how things are after a year.

Chris Marano

Chris is the founder of Clearpath Herbals: http://www.clearpathherbals.com