Build a Consistent Home Practice
Restorative Yoga! Can I get a hooray! We are wrapping up with a practice of deep relaxation. It's important that you give yourself some time to breathe and unwind. So get your favorite relaxation tunes, a timer, and a blanket. Choose an area where you can dim the lights and experience a little quiet.
I have sometimes taken my ear buds with relaxing music playing, an eye pillow, and set up on the floor as the kids watched their cartoons. So you don't always have to have a sound proof room :) no excuses.
Set your timer for 5 - 20 minutes. Get comfortable! Because we hold the restorative poses for so much longer than regular poses, you should not feel a stretch when you set up in the pose. You want to feel held and safe, so your body is willing to relax. Make any adjustments you need to make in order to feel comfortable.
wrapping up our 5 day practice together
We've been putting our all into getting here. It's important to get down to the "why".
WHY do you want to practice yoga? Is it to find calmness amidst the storm? Is it to become more flexible? Is it to become strong? Lose weight? Find balance? All of these are valid reasons, but it's important to find out Why DO YOU practice?
Write it down.
It's one thing to have it formulated in your head - but that isn't enough to hold you through the tough times. Something happens when we take the idea out of our precious noggin and write it down on a piece of paper. There's something that happens in the translation from brain to hand. Often we'll tell ourselves one thing and realize there is something deeper beneath it. So do yourself a big favor and write it down. Then put it up on your refrigerator.
Here's my WHY: I practice yoga to feel at home in my body. Without yoga, I feel stiff and uncomfortable. Then I get grumpy and impatient. I have aches and pains that feel foreign. Without yoga, I feel limited and constricted. Practicing yoga makes me feel light and free. I become empowered because I know the yoga movements that will open my body and get rid of aches and pains. I am more patient and it is easier to see the goodness in the people I meet. I can feel the joy all around me. I am at peace.
Here's my WHY as to sharing yoga with others: I love to share yoga with others because of the positive difference it has made in my life and how I have seen it benefit others. I have had students find relief - no more achy backs, shoulders, anxious thoughts that consume. They have become physically stronger and more flexible. They can continue doing the things they love - gardening, hiking, kayaking. They find their patience and connect with a deep compassion for one another. My students have formed the most amazing community - warm, loving, inviting, and joy-filled. It is an honor to serve them and I am joy-filled as I watch them transform and connect to their peaceful, strong, and loving spirit. Plus we always have laughter in class! :)
Click on here to download the Journal Page (then simply click the print icon or download arrow to save it to your computer). I have filled in a sample one for you to see at the bottom of the page. Get creative and find wonderful color pens!
Benefits of Restorative Yoga
CALMS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
DEEP REST AND RELAXATION
CLARITY OF THOUGHT
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
with light and love,
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