How well do you listen to your body, really? Do you listen as well as you need to, or do you listen when your body yells loud enough to get your attention? I can honestly say that I used to listen when my body yelled loudly…back when I was a kid. However, when I became an adult, it was like I had noise cancelling earmuffs on and unless this body took me down, I was going to push through the tortured screams. I did that for a super long time until the ole bod gave out on me. I know I tell you all the time how much I love yoga, but I recently became disrupted from my yoga habit and I am paying now. Old problems have recently resurfaced and the only thing to fix it is to start slow, start gently, and to just start.
No matter what level you are at in your yoga practice, everyone can do yin or restorative yoga, especially when it involves props! Props are excellent if you are a beginner or a master, they help you ease in to a position better, allow your body to sink in to the pose more fully, or they aid in where you have restrictions to be loosened. Great instructors always give you suggestions and alternatives to a pose, helping you to get the most or best for your body. I would rather go in person to a class, but on a day like Friday, there were no local offerings, and so I checked one of my favorite yin/restorative yoga resources on YouTube. Brittany Timberlake never disappoints me!
I love all of the props, and over time, I have collected my own to use at home. I even take my props to in person yoga classes with me, although I take my blocks to each class, I only take my bolster on Sundays to Maria’s Revive and Restore class at Rainbow Yoga. I have had many instructors lead me in a yin, or restorative class, I love that everyone has their own take on these types of classes, but one thing is for certain, you will leave refreshed, renewed, restored, stretched out, blissful and happy! Oh, and your body will thank you for it!
If you are achey, and have about an hour, I suggest trying yin or restorative yoga. You will be amazed at how much better you feel! If you would like to attend an in person class locally, I would suggest Revive and Restore with Maria at Rainbow Yoga on Sunday mornings! If you want to start a home practice, let me know and I will send you links/resources for props to aid your endeavor!