As we have discussed before, and I am sure you remember, I don’t like Yoga! (Yes, I said that out loud) Well to clarify, I don’t hate Yoga itself, but I don’t like Yoga classes. So when I recently attended a weekend with the gorgeous Dr Libby, it was the part of the weekend I was least looking forward to; enter Restorative Yoga.
Long, loving poses to settle the nervous system; Hell Yes!
I will admit, I absolutely loved it! My favourite pose and easiest to do at home (and they are all totally do-able at home) is getting your legs up the wall, and yes, it is totally what it sounds like. Getting your sit bones (otherwise known as your bum) nice and close to a solid wall and then gently swinging the legs to a vertical state, as close to the wall as possible.
So what have I seen as far as benefits? Here goes:
It calms my nervous system :: Quite frankly, in today’s world we all need a little of this love. We live in a constant state of stress (perceived or otherwise) so taking even just 10 mins a day, to get your legs up the wall and do some deep belly breathing can make such an amazing difference. Deep belly breathing is fastest way of triggering your parasympathetic nervous system and we should all be spending some more time there!
It calms my mind :: I can be all up in my head…It’s like movement & meditation in perfect harmony, helps me get back into my body.
It gives my legs a little rest :: You have been on them all day in many cases, getting them up the wall can relieve tired feet and legs
It eases anxiety and stress :: If I am ever having trouble sleeping or switching off, this is my total go to (that and child’s pose) I don’t know the exact science behind it, but personally for me, it helps, and it helps a lot.
And that is just a few of the personal benefits I have found from this gentle practice. In all honesty, I don’t do it as much as I should, ultimately I would love to be doing it once a day, not because I ‘should’ but because the benefits for me are huge.
So tonight I will spend 10 mins in this gentle pose and hopefully every night after that… let’s see how I go.
Do you do any form of restorative yoga? I would love to hear about it in the comments below, what else do I need to try?
Much love, em x