Relax & restore: Recharging your battery

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by Kali Ray Torres, Yoga Instructor

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Posted on August 30, 2010 at 6:21 PM

There is no time like the present to start practicing restorative or "yin" yoga. Do you experience chronic aches and pains, fatigue, mind fog, or feel mentally zapped? Do you tend to shy away from yoga thinking that it is only for the "flexible" or those who are already skilled at moving gracefully? Well get ready, for a different sort of twist in this deep and restorative series. There are many ways to practice yoga supported by blocks, straps, blankets, and bolsters.  This series of postures is designed to support feeling balanced and restored. When we take the time to slow down, relax and renew ourselves, we begin to experience a greater sense of being in the world. One of the best postures I can recommend is "legs up the wall." This can also be modified with pillows on a chair. It is one of my absolute favorites and it always leaves me feeling renewed. Whether I am taking a break in the middle of the day to recharge or preparing myself for a good nights sleep, this posture is one that not only supports great circulation of blood flow back to the organs, it will make your feet feel light and helps prevent varicose veins.
 
Restorative yoga is meant to rejuvenate and clear out any emotional blockages that get held in the body tissues. Most restorative poses are practiced for about 3-5 min. each, and time can be modified to suit the individual. The key ingredient in restorative postures is to engage in deep relaxation. There are a multitude of ways we can support the body using props. These items may be found around your house. From your desk chair(without rollers), to the cushions on your couch or bed pillows, one can create an at home retreat in just minutes and support feeling more energized for hours. Restorative yoga is great for those who suffer from insomnia, head aches, or chronic aches and pains. To get the most out of your practice, I invite you to either find a class in your area with a certified instructor, an at home DVD, or a book with great pictures and explanations.  
 
For yoga accessories, I recommend the Pranayama cotton yoga bolster

Two wonderful DVDs you can find on amazon.com: 
Restorative Yoga Practice ~ Deborah Donohue (DVD - 2008)
 
Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by P.T. Judith Hanson Lasater PhD.

There is no time like the present to start practicing restorative or "yin" yoga.
 
Do you experience chronic aches and pains, fatigue, mind fog, or feel mentally zapped. Do you tend to shy away from yoga thinking that it is only for the "flexible" or those who are already skilled at moving gracefully? Well get ready, for a different sort of twist in this deep and restorative series. There are many ways to practice yoga supported by blocks, straps, blankets, and bolsters.  This series of postures is designed to support feeling balanced and restored. When we take the time to slow down, relax and renew ourselves, we begin to experience a greater sense of being in the world. One of the best postures I can recommend is "legs up the wall." This can also be modified with pillows on a chair. It is one of my absolute favorites and it always leaves me feeling renewed. Whether I am taking a break in the middle of the day to recharge or preparing myself for a good nights sleep, this posture is one that not only supports great circulation of blood flow back to the organs, it will make your feet feel light and helps prevent varicose veins.

Enjoy a rejuvenating practice at least twice a week or start slowly working a few of these postures into your regular daily
routine. Taking care of yourself in this way will have lasting benefits, including feeling more ease, more joy, and contentment.
You deserve to experience the bliss of yoga. See you around the bend!

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