Who I am when I am not productive?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? I want to be honest with you, the first time I heard this question as a Journaling Prompt, I was kind of shocked because I didn’t know the answer. I only knew the DOING part of myself, guilty of rest and white space. But that question was the gate towards a deeper work, facing that part of myself I was efficiently avoiding, using my busyness and productivity as a shield.

Are you open to start this journey with me? To begin with, ask yourself, how would you feel if you would be able to feel comfortable in silence & peace, to have practices and routines that allow you to truly rest and restore your energy? How would you feel if you were able to meet yourself and accept where you are right now? No more, no less than what it is right now.

When I am in that space, my nervous system is shouting: THANK YOU!Because, yes, it’s totally possible to live a balanced life, where we can live and thrive, not only surviving to arrive at the end of the week, burned-out or exhausted. To do the first step in that direction, we need to shift our mindset and flip our thoughts:

From “If I don’t control everything, it will fall apart” to It’s safe to let go and see what happens”

From “I don’t deserve to stop and take a break” to “My worthiness doesn’t not depend on what I do, worthiness is a birth right”

Any self-inquiry practice like Yoga, won’t work if we don’t combine it with a mindset and limiting believes work. We can practice all the sequences we want, breath work or meditation, but if we don’t become aware of our own thoughts and limiting believes, we will keep repeating the same story over and over again.

In a society where we often connect productivity to our worthiness – I am worthy if I work an unbearable amount of hours, and my schedule is always full with hobbies and appointments with work, friends and family- it could be complex, confusing but also liberating, asking ourselves deeper questions. Are we scared of the White Space? 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? Every lockdown 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.

A great and powerful Yoga Tool I used in my classes, courses and retreat 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. With the vision of sharing with you 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.

(Click here to learn more about other Corpo Giardino’s Yoga Tools)

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 practice without strain.It’s often refer as an active relaxation. By supporting the body with props, we alternatively 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. Make sure your had your last meal 2 hours before practicing, that your room is enough warm (when we relax we experience a temperature drop) and your sacred space is quite.

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 blanket

1X eye pillow or something to cover your eyes.

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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 yourself: 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′)

Seat on your heels, open the knees as wide as the mat, and relax your belly on the bolster or the pillows you have at home. Alternate the cheeks during the 5-8 minutes, relax your shoulders, and feel your elbows heavy to the ground. Enjoy the support, the quietness of this pose.

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Supported Twist right (5-8′)

Supported Twist left (5-8′)

Bring your right hip on the mat and place the bolster close to the hip, lean the right side on the bolster right cheek rests on it. Enjoy this nice twist for the spine and the support of the earth. You deserve to be supported, to be held and nurture. Repeat on the left side.

restorative yoga at home

Supported Savasana (5-8′)

Sweet sweet Savasana, the queen of letting go and embracing who we are fully and deeply. Enjoy the inner massage of you Breath, and once again the support of the floor & bolster. Savasana tips: when the knees are above the hips and the wrists above the elbows, you are creating a relaxation effect.

restorative yoga at home

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.

Do you have questions or feedbacks? Drop a comment below or write me an email to info@corpogiardino.ch

With love