Yoga Journal - - ANATOMY -

as blan­kets, bol­sters, and blocks—so that you don’t need to ex­ert any mus­cu­lar ef­fort. Dur­ing this prac­tice, it’s im­por­tant to let go of any stretch­ing or strength­en­ing goals you may have. Try these poses all at once or in­di­vid­u­ally, at any time of the day. En­joy them af­ter a mind­ful move­ment prac­tice if you wish. If you are new to restora­tive yoga, stay in each pose for 3–10 min­utes, and come out when you feel you’ve had enough. As you be­come fa­mil­iar with the poses and the prac­tice of deep re­lax­ation, you can ex­tend to 10–20 min­utes per pose. Stay still with the va­ri­ety of sen­sa­tions, thoughts, and emo­tions that may arise. Each pose is ac­com­pa­nied by jour­nal prompts that will help you tran­si­tion back into your day with pur­pose and poise.

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