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I tasted an icicle hanging from its branch today and it was so yummy. What a treat to myself after clearing the heavy slush from our driveway, my neighbors car and our sidewalks. Now I have packed it in for the night and hope to treat myself to a supportive restorative yoga pose. Now, which one do I pick? They are all so delicious. I am thinking a revolved twist and a supported straddle forward fold would do the trick. All good for the low back and to relieve inflammation after overworking those areas earlier on. Check out these poses and others along the side and try them out tonight.
10 Breaths – The Centering Breath
10 beautiful breaths brings you to the present, the here and now. A great way to transition in a yoga class, or anytime in your life where a little space is needed before moving onto the next thing. 10 long inhalations, 10 long exhalations. Feel your body expand with the breath in and feel it release and become centered.
Supported Bridge Pose
Make two stacks of two double or triple fold blankets on top of each other. Placed the two stacks end to end. Height and width of blankets can be adjusted for your body. Sit down straddling one of the stacks and carefully lower yourself down onto forearms, swing your legs on to other stack and lie down. Neck roll is placed at top stack, lower shoulder and head to floor. Neck is supported by neck roll and head is completely flat on floor with forehead and chin on the same plane. Arms stretched out to the sides. The stacks of blankets should be long enough for the entire body to be resting on including the feet. Option to put strap around calves if the legs are rolling outward. Stay for up to 15 minutes. Roll off blankets slowly and bring knees to chest with some movement.
Reclined Bound Angle
Props: bolster, 4 blocks (or firm cushions, pillows or rolled-up blankets), 4 blankets and one extra blanket for warmth, strap and eye pillow
Legs up the Wall
Begin with using a double-folded blanket to be placed right above sacrum (see photo), setting it approx. distance 6-8″ from wall (adjust in pose). Sit down on the blanket with one hip pressed right up against the wall. As you lower down, swing your legs up the wall. Once in the pose, you can adjust distance to wall, angle of legs to all, blanket and placement of legs all for comfort. Hips and tailbone will be in space between wall and blanket. Arms rest by your side, palms face up or variation with Goddess arms (photo above).