April 4 Restore
5 Uplifting Affirmations to Inspire Your Yoga Practice
I’ve got great news, yogi friends! You know how you feel amazing after practicing yoga? Well, you can actually direct all that awesome energy you cultivate on the mat towards a specific area of your life you want to improve. How, you ask? By working with a positive affirmation during your practice.
Setting your intention
1. “I feel connected.”
2. “My mind is relaxed and clear.”
3. “Inhale joy, exhale love.”
4. “I am love.”
5. “Everything I need is already within me.”
Realizing your affirmationSo, do any of these resonate with you? If you have any others that have worked wonders in your world, I’d love to know about them. Go on, share the love.
Resting Star Pose
Props: bolster, 2 or more blankets, neck rolls, eye pillow
Benefits: soothing to the nervous system, grounding, gentle chest opener, releases the pelvis
Lay a blanket on your mat for extra comfort and warmth, blankets for the arms as well. Place the bolster lengthwise on your mat where your head will be and an extra blanket for your head. Make two rolls with the other blankets for your knees to rest on as you extend your legs out wider than hip distance. Arms about 10-12 inches from your body, palms up. Add your eye pillow, and blanket on top.
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
Place a block lengthwise under one end of a bolster to prop it up on an incline, add another block under bolster for stability. We used the wall in this week's class placing the bolster at a higher elevation. Place a double-fold blanket on floor next to low end of bolster and a long rolled blanket on top next to bolster (for sacral support). Sit with your back to the short, low end of the bolster. Place two blocks where your knees will rest (can top with a soft blanket or use other props as necessary for propping knees) Bring your legs into Bound Angle Pose with the soles of your feet together. Wrap a blanket around your feet to create a feeling of containment. Lie back on the bolster. Place supports under your arms so that they are not dangling and there is no feeling of stretch in the chest. Stay in the pose for 10 minutes.
Props: blankets, bolster
Benefits; Nurturing, sense of security, well-supported pose to regulate the nervous system, good for when you are feeling anxious, keeps body in alignment, supportive for the spine, hips, shoulders, head. Allows for optimal healing and sleeping position. nurturing, sense of security, optimal for sleeping
Create a big enough folded blanket to place between the knees to align the legs in Tadasana. Add a folded blanket to rest your top arm on. Recline on a side that is comfortable, resting your head on a blanket. A neck roll can go under the ankles for support. Bolster can rest along spine for further support and grounding. Finally, cover yourself with a blanket from head to toes. Sink down with each long exhalation. Mantra to accompany pose "I am safe, I am supported".
Props: bolster, block, blankets, neck roll
Benefits: relaxation pose, releases pressure in the back, gentle stretching to backs of legs, spine. Supports alignment for circulation.
In the version that we practiced in class, we used a bolster and a blanket for the knee support. Photo uses two bolsters. For the class pose, place your bolster horizontally on your mat where your knees will go. Put a rolled up blanket where your knees will rest on the bolster. As the feet may be dangling off the other side, use your blankets to create a foot rest or wrap to keep them warm. Layer another blanket on top of you with eye and neck pillow to complete the pose. Relax here with soft quiet breathing, letting the weight of the body drop more and more into the floor.