Sunday, May 20, 2012
The practice focuses on effortlessness and ease, using well-placed blankets, bolsters, yoga straps, and chairs to safely support the body in various postures.
Women who start practicing yoga at a time when body, mind and spirit are undergoing a transformation, may feel anxious, frustrated or insecure at first. Especially if they join a group class that doesn't cater for their needs.
Joining a very athletic group of yoga students when your joints are stiff, your balance is elusive, your blood pressure is like a yo-yo, a couple of sleepless nights and profuse sweating have sapped your energy, can put you off yoga altogether.
Do not despair. Look for an experienced teacher who understands your needs, book a private lesson if you can afford it, or join a gentle yoga class, one that focuses on restorative yoga poses, Pranayama and meditation. If you cannot find a suitable class where you live, there are plenty of good videos on youtube.
You can start by practicing at home, all you need are comfortable clothes, a mat or a rug, some blankets or a bolster, a block, and a well-ventilated room where you will not be interrupted or distracted.
After a long stay in restorative poses, you will feel and look like you’ve had a massage. Your face and whole body will feel smoothed and soothed, from the inside out. Your eyes will look clearer and brighter. You will look at your world as if from the top of a mountain.
The deep rest, peace and quiet you experience with restorative yoga is a doorway to meditation. In all poses keep your abdomen soft, your chest open and your breath flowing.
Melissa West has a good video on youtube that is ideal for those who have never tried yoga or are looking for restorative poses