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Get out your cushions: Home style restorative Yoga

Get out your cushions: Home style restorative Yoga

If you can’t make this Sunday’s amazing restorative yoga workshop, here are two lovely restorative poses you can practice at home using blankets, pillows, sofa cushions etc.

Restorative Yoga a relaxing way to take some quality time out with gentle stretching and deep breathing. It really does help you calm your central nervous system and reduce the effects of stress on your body.

Ideally practice these poses for five minutes or more. If you can’t find five minutes in your day, you need to practice for fifteen!

Restorative Child’s Pose

This pose is a great one for releasing lower back tension along with lengthening muscles in your groin and fronts of your thighs.  If you find this is uncomfortable on your feet, place a blanket under the boney parts on the tops of your feet.[sc:clear ]

Kneeling with wide knees, fold and lengthen your upper body forward onto your props. Place a heavy blanket on your lower back to help unwind the tension.

Restorative Twist

This pose is a great one for releasing the muscles in your upper back and buttocks. It can really help with tension in your shoulders and neck also.

Kneel in front of your prop and then scoop your butt over to one side. Wrest your arms on the floor and turn your head either in the direction of your knees or away if you want a stronger twist.

There are fundamental ways restorative yoga helps you:

  • When completely relaxed, your body’s Parasympathetic Nervous System kicks in. This system, the “rest and digest” side of the nervous system, helps the body to eliminate, detox and clean the body.
  • Yoga strengthens the immune system, tones the body, boosts energy levels and is good for the heart, liver, kidney and digestive organs.  Unlike most other fitness regimes, You should feel more energised, calm and stretched straight away. Deep breathing brings oxygen to the lungs which calms down the mind. Yoga postures are designed to shift blood around the body which stimulates circulation which creates energy.
  • Yoga teaches us to really connect with our body, so eating bad foods, those full of fats and sugars, is actually less appealing as you can feel the effects it takes on the body. As a result, you’ll choose to eat foods that make you feel good instead.

If you would like details on any of our courses or workshops or would like a tailor-made plan designed for you please email us for more details:  Have a great summer!!

 

About the author: Sophia Pallaro

Sophia Pallaro

Sophia is a qualified Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing Yoga since 2006 and has been involved with meditation for the last 10 years. While practicing various forms of meditation, she discovered the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation and its direct connection to the body. Yoga, and its endless benefits, was the next step on her path. Sophia completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Elbowroom under the guide of Lisa Wilkinson, Tanya Fitzpatrick and Marianne Jacuzzi. In her yoga practice Sophia likes to explore a variety of styles from gentle to more vigorous, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative. She has a particular interest in anatomy and its relationship with the mind, and sees Yoga as a wonderful transformational process both on and off the mat. Her teaching style is open and friendly. She values guiding her students into the discovery of body and mind self-awareness in a down to earth manner, making Yoga accessible to everyone. Sophia’s teaching places emphases on a deep connection with the breath, stillness and clarity of the mind, strength, balance and a mindful flow of movement. Her classes include asanas (practice of postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and dhyana (meditation).

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.