Recently I attended a weekend workshop focused on self-care. It was such a treat after years of Covid isolation to be able to participate in a workshop in person. The leader did an excellent job of providing guidance for breathwork, meditation, and restorative yoga. I left the weekend feeling nurtured, energized, and more prepared to meet the needs of my clients.
One of the simplest but most effective exercises we did was the restorative yoga pose that opens the heart. I think in our modern hurried and guarded society we tend to stay closed both physically and energetically. Many of us have jobs that require us to spend several hours a day on computers, driving, or working with our hands. This means we have a tendency to have forward rolling shoulders and a forward head posture.
Engaging in this simple movement reminded me of the power of mindful movement, something I have been practicing and teaching for several years. First, there is an emphasis on finding comfort. Then, a focus on the breath. Then the gentle movement begins, like a slow-motion dance side-lying on the floor.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to follow the video below and give yourself the gift of slowing down, feeling your breath, opening your heart, and allowing more freedom in your shoulders.
For more detailed information on restorative yoga see the article below.
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