A yoga teacher once told me « it’s when you need yoga the most that you’ll find all the excuses for not practicing ». Well, I had been busy cleaning my desk, ordering tons of pictures, looking for new recipes…
This morning though, yoga bet Pinterest at coin flipping!
Glad it did ! Carlo introduced us to Restorative Yoga, a practice totally new to me. I am used to the routine of my basic vinyasa, that I have been practicing like a robot those last weeks. I am overthinking my career path, and not knowing where we’ll be in a year can be quite stressful sometimes.
The session was everything I needed: eventually silencing my mind by learning how to truly relax. No hands stand, or anything painful or defying (my) gravity here. No effort at all is required, as all the postures are designed expressly to put the body into positions where deep relaxation is inevitable – of both body and mind.
All the postures are done passively, fully supported by blankets and bolsters. The body is perfectly arranged and supported, to experience a real deep rest.
It is meditation done in different positions. As you hold the poses longer and allow the muscles to relax, you can create a space to calm the mind, focusing solely on the breath—or, ideally, on nothing at all. Can you believe that by simply having your legs up the wall, you are giving your heart a rest, so it does not have to pump as hard. You are helping to slow down the heart rates and .. well, check it out by yourself. Give it 5 mn and you’ll start to feel the real meaning of Relaxed.
I realized that my obsession for productivity had deprived me from what I actually needed most : a meaningful rest. For one hour, my mind eventually managed to get still, I felt my tensions melt away. I can still feel the benefits of the practice, the pain in my back and my neck have disappeared. My shoulders don’t hurt anymore. Last but not least, I got my mojo back!
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