January 24, 2012 Restore Series
So here we are just hanging out......chillin'......returning to the cocooned nest where we feel weightless, stress-free.....taking a load off of our feet......
What am I getting at here? Well, Moyo Yoga will be hosting a new series at its studio called Aerial Restorative Yoga, a combination of Restorative Yoga and Aerial Yoga using the hammock and the floor. The main focus of this practice is spinal alignment, elongation and release and creating space for healing and relaxation. This series is led by Pat Setley and yours truly on Thursdays beginning on February 2nd from 1:00-2:15 p.m. There are 4 spaces left but since it is an ongoing series, you will have more opportunity to explore this practice in the coming months.
Breath with Expanding Sphere*
Calm Your Class in One Minute with a Breathing Sphere
guest post by Jim Gillen
How to Use A Hoberman SphereThe Poses
Supported Reclined Cross Legged Pose
Props: 3 blankets, 1 bolster, can use firm pillows and cushions from home
Benefits: Opens the chest area, releases tension in the forehead, neck, thighs, lower back and legs. Great for the reproductive organs and aids in digestion.
Place bolster lengthwise on mat, place a rolled up blanket at "T" position. Two blankets or pillows placed where knees will be. Sit at end of bolsters, and slowly lower yourself down so sacrum is on mat and entire length of your back is on bolster. Move rolled up blanket to cervical spine. Extend legs when coming out of the pose, then bend and roll to a side.
Props: chair/bolster, 2-3 blankets, neck roll, eye pillow
Extras: Sandbag, Webkinz stuffed animals
Benefits: relaxes the muscles of the lower back, legs, refreshes the legs, relaxes the muscles and organs of the abdomen.
Blanket on belly or legs.
Place a blanket on chair or bolster with blocks 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 prop 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.
What can you do to turn your world upside down??!!??