I experienced a class this weekend feeling the resting “restorative” side of yoga–the very gentle unwinding over pillows, blankets, and bolsters to get incredible relaxation of the muscles and joints. The teacher then led the class on a guided meditation journey to induce some serious letting go. It was pretty tempting to fall asleep, but it helps to stay aware (keep your focus on the breath) since the body will have a chance to experience a deeper state of relaxation.
Done regularly–once a week if possible– will add a healthy outlook to your life and people will wonder why you look so good…
Legs -up-the-wall pose is an easy one to do at the end of the day. Or, if you can get some privacy in the middle of the day, close your door and try it out for 10 minutes. You can use a heavily folded blanket or a pillow at the low back (let your tailbone sink a bit over the other side of the blanket) or prop your legs over a chair so that your legs rest on the chair seat (get close enough to the chair so that your knees form a right angle from your hips.)
Breathe in and out slowly a few times–and you’ll feel like you’re being transported while the body soaks up the rejuvenation!