A great tool we have to rest and restore our energy is Restorative Yoga, an incredible journey to restore, surrender and learn how to be supported. Today I am thrilled to share a 30′ restorative yoga sequence to practice easily at home.
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With the vision of sharing with you in the next months Yoga tools and sequences to rest, save and restore your energy – honouring the Winter season – it seemed to me essential to begin reflecting on this part of our life so that we are able to learn how:
- To feel whole when we are just being and not doing anything
- To feel at peace in silence
- To rest and restore our energy
- To be able to meet ourselves and accept where we are right now
No more, no less than what it is right now.
Who am I when I am not producing?
Who am I when I am deeply in stillness, in silence and I am not doing anything?
I thought this would have been fundamental questions to ask ourselves as we are embarking for this journey if we really want to learn how to rest in a deeper way.
In a society where we often connect productivity to our worthiness – I am worthy if I work an unberable amount of hours, and my schedule is always full with hobbies and appointments with friends and family- it could be complex, confusing but also liberating, asking ourselves this question.
Are we scared of the White Space?
Every lockdown in 2020 was a master teacher regarding this aspect of our life. As we were forced to stop all our activities, we faced a maybe unknown part of ourselves and inner landscape.
Before we begin to set up our sacred space for our restorative sequence, I would love to introduce to you this Yoga Tool – Restorative Yoga – if you never heard about it before.
What is Restorative Yoga?
The development of this Yoga style is credited to B.K.S. Iyengar. He experimented facilitating yoga poses with “props” (blocks, pillows, bolsters etc..), modifying postures until the student could practive without strain.
It’s often refer as an “active relaxation”. By supporting the body with props, we alternatevely stimulate and relax the body to move towards balance. It creates a specific physiological response which are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress.
In general restorative poses are for times when you feel weak, fatigued and stress out from daily activities. And it’s an increbible tool to learn how to learn how to stay and feel whole without being productive.
An easy Restorative Yoga at home
The sequence I will share with you is a 20-30 minutes, that you can easily do at home with what you have. We could build restorative yoga poses in a very complex way, but sometimes we don’t have the props at home.
Here’s what you need:
1X yoga mat or a thik blanket
1x bolster or a long tight pillow (ex from your couch)
2X Yoga blocks or fat books with the same high (it’s time to use your copy of Anna Karenina or a vocabulary
1X eye pillow or something to cover your eyes.
Even if restorative poses can be held up to 8 minutes, please remain connected to your body and your needs. Your body will tell you when it’s enough and move to the next position.
For each position make sure
- You deeply relaxed and supported by the props. Your body doesn’t have to carry your weight (for once!)
- Use your breath to soft tensions, and as a meditative focus
Ask youself: when my body is in deep stillness, is my mind relax, or still projected into the future and next thing to do?
How do I feel when I am not productive?
Do I feel at peace and whole, or guilty or nervous?
Use these questions as a personal inquiry, without analyzing yourself, just be present.
Supported Balasana (5-8′)
Supported Twist right (5-8′)
Supported Twist left (5-8′)
Supported Savasana (5-8′)
Savasana tips: when the knees are above the hips and the wrists above the elbows, you are creating a relaxation effect.
I really hope you could benefit from this reflection and Restorative Yoga Sequence you can practice easily at home.
Sometimes we need to re-learn how to stop, rest and restore our energy.
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