|Home Retreat complete with Cat
Ahhh a home retreat – doesn’t that sound like a little slice of heaven. Is it possible in our busy everyday lives, to carve out some time for a retreat or even create a space? I say “why not?”. Your family and friends will be so much better off. Check out some of these easy to follow tips from Yoga Journal on setting up a hOMe retreat (November 2009).
Setting It Up
- Find a time when you have the house to yourself
- Turn off TV, computer, cell phone
- Let others know that you are not available
- Put aside any to-do lists
- Design a schedule for waking and going to bed, yoga and other retreat activities
What Do I Do on a hOMe retreat?
- Read inspirational books, articles
- Walk, exercise
- Creative activities like art, cooking, singing, dancing
This time with yourself may surprise you as strong emotions that stay tucked away may surface once you slow down and give yourself space. Ultimately, it is a reconnection with yourself. Finally, give yourself the time to return to your normal life.
Mountain Brook & Heart Opener
Heart Opener Version – same set up as above but add two blanket rolls to upper back from shoulder blades down to below bra line for a deeper chest opener. The hips may be slightly buoyant as they feel lifted off of the floor. A pillow may be needed for the head to keep the neck aligned as well. We added goddess arms on blocks for a shoulder opener.
Supported Forward Fold with Chair
Props: chair, 2-3 blankets
Benefits: opens the hips and groin facilitating blood and energy flow to the urinary tract, digestive and reproductive organs. Relaxes the back and releases tension in the neck.
Legs Up on the Chair
Place a blanket on chair so you don’t feel the hard surface. If you need to elevate the body, you can place a triple fold blanket in front of chair, then place your hips on blanket to one side, swing the legs up onto the seat of the chair as you lower your upper body onto the mat or floor. Use a neck roll to support cervical spine. Place a blanket or sandbag on legs to ground you in the pose. Arms release to the sides with palms turned up. Use an eye pillow to shut out any light for ultimate relaxation. An eye pillow or some type of weighted object (I’ve used stuffed animals) can be placed in open palms to move and free up energy. Stay for up to 10 minutes. Your beginning practice may consist of only 5 minutes. Feel the legs drain, the stress melt away.