It’s the first day of summer and a full moon as I write this week’s post. Rain drips down the outside of the windows in my half empty train carriage. Someone is eating peanut butter. My stomach growls but there is no sign of a buffet cart.
This week I have so many ideas to share, but I am struggling to keep my eyes open as the mists of sleep take me for snippets of time into the decadent land of daytime snoozing. I’m like a cat; I can sleep anywhere.
Going off the conversations, I’ve been having all week; I’m not the only one to be feeling a little tired. The energy around has felt heavy. Possibly due to the bump of coming from spring to summer.
So, for those of you who feel like it’s been a busy week already, I have come up with this short restorative routine to help you relax.
Nurture oneself and you nuture the world. JB
Like with all forms of exercise, please check with your doctor for suitability first and exercise at your own risk.
Having fully warmed up the body let’s begin:
1. Reclined Easy Bridge – Alexandra Technique inspired version
Benefits: Helps to correct bad posture habits and relaxes the shoulders.
Method: Lie down on a yoga mat. Place the head on a soft yoga block. Use a book that is the same thickness if you don’t have a yoga block. Make sure the neck is long, and the face is relaxed. Bend the legs and place the feet flat on the floor. Place another block or brick between the inner thighs and make sure the feet are close to the buttocks but not too close. Unlike with normal Bridge, in this version the spine remains on the floor. Place the hands on the belly and for a few minutes just relax and feel the belly moving as you breathe. Relax the shoulders to the ground. Try this daily for better posture. Feel the stress melt away!
2. Supportive wide-legged forward bend
Benefits: Calms the nervous system, stretches the body and relaxes the mind.
Method: Sit up straight and bring the legs wide apart. A folded blanket underneath the buttocks can help to support the back. Using a yoga bolster or lots of pillows, only go as far forward as you can while maintaining a passive stance. So to be relaxed and use more props is better than holding in a maximum stretch. Think surrender instead of effort. Keep legs straight but soften and round the back. Hold 2-4 minutes.
3. Reclined Cobblers Pose
Benefit: good for digestion, stretches inner thighs and settles the nervous system.
Method: Lie on the back and bring soles of feet together. Have the legs in more of a diamond shape in this version. Relax body onto the floor. If it feels more comfortable, you can place folded blankets under each knee to support them. Never force knees or hips. Again this is about being passive and surrendering; relaxing rather than acting
Try these poses whenever you feel you need to give yourself a bit more self-care.
Restorative poses take the nervous system out of the fight and flight mode and into a state of relaxation.
Remember to follow yoga with nice long relaxing Savasana. See this article on why
For more inspiration and free meditation guide ( I promise no annoying sales funnels Phew!) sign up to my free newsletter.
Like my blog? Check out my amazing new book based on my blog. It’s on Amazon and Kindle WorldWide! The Busy Person’s Guide To Everday Enlightenment.