Can you believe the Challenge is already half over? You are doing great and I hope you are feeling great as well. Today your class is Relax & Restore. Remember, if you don’t have a bolster, use a stack of blankets or a stiff pillow (one from your couch will work well). If you don’t have blocks use thick books. If you don’t have a strap, use a soft belt from your robe or an old tie (if you want to really feel like a yogi, order a set of real yoga props here.
If you’ve never done a “restorative” yoga practice before, you are in for a treat. And a challenge if it’s hard for you to just relax and be still! Restorative yoga is designed to calm your nervous system and replenish your whole being. If you know you struggle with stillness, consider taking a run or a brisk walk before doing this practice and set yourself up for success by setting up your yoga mat and “props” in a quiet place beforehand. Tip: this is a great practice to do right before bed to help you slip into a deep and restful sleep.
Once you complete today’s practice, quietly review your entries from the week and look for patterns. Within those patterns look to see if they reflect patterns in your day-to-day life. Did you often quit before trying a pose? Does that correlate to your daily life, quitting before trying something new because you think you will fail. Or maybe you are scared of a pose and so instead of trying it you take child’s pose, and in your real life you duck and cover or avoid instead of facing things head on. Do you push into the final expression of the pose even when you’re not physically ready to because you want to do it perfectly? maybe you’re a perfectionist in other areas as well.
If you notice something new and potentially uncomfortable about yourself, experiment with just being with your observation without judgement. It’s all just part of being human.
Tomorrow your class is 45-Minute A Little Bit of Everything.