If your idea of the perfect way to relax involves a red wine, 10 episodes of favorite serials and bubble bath, it’s completely understandable. Sadly, if that’s your getting out of stress solution, you are missing out on a more effectual relaxation approach, restorative yoga.
In the same manner that traditional hatha yoga strengthens your bones and muscles, restorative yoga trains and strengthens your nervous system to prepare you for stress situations.
There are 3 major steps to restorative yoga: Relax your muscles and body, calm your mind and deepen, slow and lengthen your breath. But do not worry, it doesn’t mean to turn your brain off totally (or any of these ten amusing stages of endeavoring to meditate for the 1st time!). According to a health expert, “A calm mind is not a mind that’s no longer thinking,” We are human; we are wired to continually be having thoughts all the time. But it is a mind that can monitor what is moving through it, the views moving through it, or strong sensations and emotions that are happening in your body.”
By staying in these restorative poses, you bring your concentration to the areas of your body that are containing tension, whether it is between your shoulders, around your belly or hips. Once you realize where you keep tension, instead of endeavoring to change or fix it, just bring your breathing to that area.
Here’s how it works: Warm up with some breathing exercises or Cow or Cat Poses first. Then try these 4 moves and start to feel a bit more zen. Do a series of poses or one pose before bed 3 to 5 times a week; hold every pose for 5 20 minutes (yes, seriously! for 5 to 20 minute).
Revolved Bolster Twist
Sit sideways at the base of the bolster, bending both knees at a ninety-degree angle while keeping the lower thigh and the upper thigh back. Twist your torso away from your frontage face and thigh.
Legs Up The Wall
Lie down on your back and put your legs up against the wall. If that is too much pressure on your hamstrings, then you can bend your knees and put your legs over a bed or chair.
Supported Corpse Pose
Lie down on your back with blocks or pillows under your knees so that they are somewhat elevated.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Lie on your back with your feet and knees together. Let your knees drop out to one side and place a yoga bolster or block under them. Put a heavy blanket on your belly.
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