There are many different types of yoga accessible to us today. The benefits are numerous.
Once upon a time I went to Iyengar yoga class three times a week plus had a committed home practise. I felt strong, supple, calm and connected to myself.
After moving to the other side of the city and having my son, an unsettled little man who did not sleep, I simply couldn’t manage to get to a class. I had put on a lot of weight during my pregnancy and with all the demands of new motherhood, post-natal depression and numerous other things going on in my life, I lost touch with yoga (and myself).
So if some type of yoga appeals to you as a form of self-care but you can’t escape for a couple of hours for a full class, what can you do?
My previous yoga teacher always recommended Viparita Karani or Legs Up The Wall as an excellent restorative pose than can be done on it’s own. It’s said to be excellent for soothing the sympathetic nervous system, relaxing the mind, calming the digestive system and leaving you refreshed.
You don’t need fancy yoga gear. You don’t need an hour. You don’t need to have done yoga before. You don’t even need a yoga mat.
All you need is 5-10 minutes, a floor, a wall and some comfy clothes. Even jeans will work.
Optional extras – a blanket if your floor is hard, a cushion if you’d like something under your back or an eye pillow to help you relax.
If you’re not familiar with Legs Up The Wall, I suggest you watch this video from Yoga with Adriene as she shows you how to get into and out of the pose correctly as well as how to settle in and allow gravity to assist you.
Give yourself a minimum of 5 minutes, 10 if you can, to allow yourself some precious time-out from the world and time-in with yourself.
With much love