When we start to feel that we are taking care of ourselves and as we go deeper in our practice and land in trust, we will eliminate all that is no longer useful to us and find peace. Through the practice of letting go and letting be we can re-write our story.
As with all restorative poses, our aim is to feel grounded enough to fully relax and release tension. I invite you to practice the pose of the month for 10-20 minutes / day. Even per week is fine. While restorative poses look easy, that doesn't mean they are. It can be difficult to really relax and remain silent with your breath for 20 minutes! Thoughts aren't so easy to let go of. Judgments may enter wondering what the point of this is. If you find yourself having difficulty start with 5 minutes and slowly allow yourself relaxation. Conscious relaxation. The need to strive and drive keeps us in flight or fight. We need deep relaxation to reverse the damage on our nervous systems.
Read more about how Restorative Yoga heals here.
Props: Two or three long rectangle folded blankets. One blanket in a long roll.
Prepare: Place your long rectangle blankets the longways on the center of your mat. Stagger them into a stack with the fringe ends towards the back of your mat. The long rolled blanket (or towel as in my case) is placed along the back edge of your mat to rest your the tops of your feet on. The distance is approximate and for your own body's length. Keep in mind you may need to adjust as you go.
Shape: Begin on all fours and lower down onto your stack as if you were going to lie on a surfboard. The tops of your thighs will be on the top blanket. The stack will contour to the angle of your thighs. Your head, torso, and pelvis should be supported by the blankets. Place the tops of your feet onto the blanket roll. Place one hand on top of each other to be able to place your forehead onto. You may also bring one cheek to one side. Be sure to switch half way between your pose. (Set timer).
Practice: Make any adjustments necessary to ensure that you are comfortable. When ready to settle into pose, enjoy several long breaths to allow yourself to relax. Feel the support from the floor, or imagine mother earth below you. Relax, and deepen into this grounded feeling for 10 to 20 minutes. Come to notice your breath. Take note of your inhales and exhales. No need to change your breathing pattern but just notice. Let go of the thoughts that enter your mind. If that becomes difficult, come back to noticing your breath. This pose can also be done as your savasana at the end of a flow sequence (prone savasana).
Take time to come up to an easy sitting pose. Stack your hands over your heart. Set an intention to stay aware of your breath when thoughts overwhelm you. Namaste.