The energy that is the holidays can really leave us feeling out of sorts. My heart rate rises as I drive past a mall. I don't even WANT to talk about the Trader Joe's parking lot. People's eyes all glazed over. We're on the holiday merry-go-round. It's the last home stretch before New Years & everyone is scrambling to buy the last high tech toy or Tofurky.
This restorative flow is here to bring ease & allow you to ground down in the evening time, to rejuvenate your soul during a time of high stress, high expectations, spending, parties, indulging, family anxiety & for some, loneliness. To navigate this time of year, boosting our self care isn't such a bad idea. So, take 20 minutes (more if you can) put down the wrapping paper, stop your scrolling through amazon, pause "Elf" and maybe steep your self some tea. Roll your mat out and release.
"Restorative yoga is an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the frenetic activity of daily life and let your speedometer return to 0 mph. It offers a welcome respite among all the turbulence of life and helps to prepare the mind and body for the inward stroke of meditation and deepened awareness. Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo." - Deepak Chopra
Take a deep breath. Be here now. Everything will work out. You have enough. You are enough.
Grab all the comfy pillows, blankets & bolsters you own. (yoga + straps optional)
1-2 minutes for each pose (your body will naturally time you)
Find silence or tune to my Relaxation Playlist on Spotify.
- Center + easy breath + soften the face
- Bound Angel Pose (Buddha Konasana)
- Staff Pose (Dandasana)
- Fold w/ pillows supporting your chest
- Childs Pose (Balasana) right & left ear + support with pillows + rolled blanket
- Downward Facing Dog (Adho Muka Savanasana)
- Start with softened knees
- Exhale, extend, shift heels towards the floor
- Tent fingers, shift hips with knees stacked over to right (it's okay to not touch floor with foot) place blanket underneath
- Repeat other side
Pinwheel legs + hips parallel to pillows + support chest with pillows
Find yourself on your back, lengthen tailbone out of crown of head + place strap over the ball of the foot + energy through the feet
Breathe into the belly of hamstring + shoulders relaxed
Knees into the chest (find your heart)
Reclined Eagle Pose (opposite leg/arm)
Supported Bridge Pose w/ block (placed below the lumbar spine) arms overhead optional
R & L side pillows support upper body + between legs
Supported reclined Supta Buddha Konasana
Legs up the "bed" + blanket under hips
Lastly, set up your props for Savasana. Blankets under the knees + pillows support the spine & head
Finish in what I like to called "cocoon"
Let yourself tune into the quiet, peace & warmth within the body.
Stay here for as long as you need. Try not to rush your way out.
Peace, peace, peace to all