Restorative Yoga For Hips and Lower Back
Join me on the mat for a Restorative Yoga class for your Hips & Lower Back. This class is for anyone experiencing lower back and/or hip tension, tightness or stiffness.
Unfortunately tension and tightness in these two areas are quite common. Typically our hip flexors are in flexion for a good portion of the day due to sitting for long periods of time. This can then create extra strain on the lower back area. For me, I find that my lower back engages in too much extension while in a seated position which can have an impact on my overall alignment. While sitting, I remind myself to place my ribcage over top of my pelvis, engage my core and be mindful of my breath. These actions help me protect my lower back.
Restorative yoga practices give us the opportunity to release tension throughout the whole body through passive stretches (with props) and through breathwork.
Sometimes when the sympathetic nervous system kicks in (fight or flight response), we may find that we create even more tension in the body. Restorative yoga practices are fantastic for activating the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response). You may find that after just one posture, your body already feels less tense and stiff. You may find a little more freedom or space in various areas of your body.
For today's practice, please bring a bolster or a firm pillow. This item should support your entire upper body when you lay down on it (this includes your neck and head). Please bring at least 2 blankets with you. Props are so useful during restorative yoga practices because they allow you to stay in the stretch longer with more ease. Plus, it just feels more comfortable!
Wear comfy clothes. Dim the lights. You can listen to your own relaxing music in the background as you listen to my voice if you wish.
Connect to your breath. If you find it challenging to stay present during this practice, count your inhalations and exhalations. For example, "inhale 1, exhale 2, inhale 3, exhale 4." Or just count each inhalation and exhalation.
I hope you enjoy this one!