This practice can be so healing!!
We use bolsters (large yoga pillows that help us to deepen into relaxing yoga postures) blankets, and other assisting props. My aim is to create a space that is safe for you to be as comfortable as possible. The postures are deeply relaxing, and you are guided to be connected to your rhythm of breath, and to move into and out of postures mindfully.
The key themes and benefits discussed:
The importance of slow, relaxed breathing to allow for deeper relaxation and stress reduction
Slows down the pace of life by giving students the opportunity to be guided into rest.
Deepens awareness, preparing for meditation while allowing students to explore the body’s natural rhythm
Soothes the nervous system, reducing the damaging affects of the fight or flight response on the body physiology
Allows the mind and body to experience comfort on a cellular level
Brings our focus to self compassion, compassion for the other, acceptance, and creating a safe place for vulnerability.
Encourages slower movements, leaving room for the student to expand their awareness of self and body
Discusses the positive benefits of softening / relaxing into a pose, (rather that forcing the body into a pose)
Can lead the student to feel more connected to their unique purpose, their nature and what inspires them.
I often say that the most profound practice can seem too gentle, or slow. It can be hard to comprehend this in our fast paced world, but the deepest and most impactful practices can ask us to be really present with the thoughts and physical sensations that make us uncomfortable. When we can cultivate acceptance and awareness there, it can give us a starting point for moving forward and personal growth.