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Restorative yoga. Why you should practice?

Have you heard about restorative yoga?

Some people say this is an advanced practice. What do you think?

Restorative yoga involves spending from 3 to 8min in a “relatively” comfortable pose. The goal won’t be stretching, but it might be a consequence of the practice as long as no pain is involved.

Not all of us have the capacity to see the importance of taking quality downtime and allow your brain to stop controlling everything.

I used to think, that practicing restorative yoga or taking time to rest was a waste of time.

Yes, I always love training, and I used to push my self to the limits, most of the time
Maybe you are like me or maybe you have already a good understanding of how important is to take time to rest and recover

“Regardless of what are you training for, a good rest is essential to high-level performance, but many still overtrain and feel guilty when they take a day off. The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes”.- Elizabeth Quinn- verywellfit.com

Rest days are critical to sports performance for a variety of reasons. Some are physiological and some are psychological.
Rest is physically necessary so that the muscles can repair, rebuild, and strengthen. For recreational athletes, building in rest days can help maintain a better balance between home, work, and fitness goals.

When your life is racing full-speed ahead, so is your mind. Restorative yoga helps provide that physical and mental balance to prevent stress and anxiety, through the use of props (blankets, yoga blocks or pillows) that allow you to hold poses longer, giving you all the benefits of deep, passive stretching.

Here are some of the benefits of practicing Restorative Yoga:

🧘🏻‍♀️ It allows your muscles to recover with gentle moves.

Is not about the quantity is about the quality of staying still and present when performing poses

🧘🏻‍♀️It helps us to slow down and cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation.

Depending on you lifestyle, most of us are programmed to “do” a lot—it keeps us engaged and makes us feel productive and in control. But our habit of running around, conquering our to-do lists, and fueling ourselves with coffee and ambition can often be a way we avoid deep discomforts and unwelcome feelings in the body and mind.

Restorative yoga asks us to stop engaging in all the doing and face what we really need to look at about ourselves. To learn about, befriend, and care for the whole of ourselves in a way we are not used to. This is an essential step for health and healing, for true renewal. A lot of people think relaxing is about letting go, but rather than throwing out, we are trying to make space for what’s uncomfortable and to allow more space for the full experience of who we are.

🧘🏻‍♀️ It helps us discover where we are holding tension.
Once you come to this realization, you can make small changes in your everyday life to reduce the stress and tension you allow to build up in your body.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Enhance the flexibility
All forms of yoga help make you bendier, but regular use of restorative poses leads you to a passive flexibility session
However, Restorative yoga is not a stretching class and there is no end goal involved, like being able to touch your toes after 10 sessions. You are exploring what happens when you release the tension your body habitually holds.

🧘🏻‍♀️The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga practice triggers the parasympathetic nervous system and helps us to reduce the level of stress. Optimizing energy flow to the organs, tissue renewal, and reduced “fight or flight” response.

Little Note:
Restorative Yoga is not the same as Yin Yoga, we will talk more about it in the next post.

Here I am sharing a video tutorial I have created for yo to give it a try and practice at home.

 

 

If you practice aerial acrobatics , pole dance or you are curious about how yoga can help you stay flexible and strong join the private facebook group “Yoga for every Acrobat”..

Where I am sharing yoga tutorial specific for keeping our body strong flexible and mobil.

 

 

 

Yoga for Aerial Acrobats – How to get your spine more flexible?

Would you like to practice those pretty backbends in the silk and the aerial hoop? Or you are looking to increase your spine flexibility with a safe yoga practice at home?

Our spine is so delicate and so strong at the same time, is the one in charge of connecting our whole body, from our head, torso, arms, hands & fingers to our hips, legs, feet, and toes.

Some of us are born we the body more available to perform backends and torsions without a lot of effort and others need to work a little bit harder to get those pretty backbends.

Either or, it is true that if you don’t keep the good training and the practice going we will eventually feel stiffer and it will be harder to move.

As Kevin Kelly said “You are only as old as you spine is flexible”

The spine is a pivotal important part of our body.  Without it, we could not keep ourselves upright or even stand up.  It gives our body structure and support.  It enables us to move about freely and to bend with flexibility.  The spine is also designed to protect our spinal cord.  The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects our brain with the rest of the body, allowing control of our movement and bodily function.  This is why keeping the spine flexible is vital for a healthy and active life and also important for an optimum nervous system function.

Today I am sharing 2 videos tutorials I uploaded in YouTube showing how to practice 2 basic but important yoga poses that will help you to build a solid foundation in your home practice and feel your spine more flexible and available in your daily activities

This is for you if you practice aerial circus acrobatics, pole dance and you want to get those pretty backbends but you don’t know where to start.

And this is also for you if you are following your yoga path and wish to understand better how to move in a safe way to increase your spine flexibility at home.

After your spine warm-up.
This is how we can practice cobra in a safe| proper way.
Take your time, be patient and always work in a progressive way.

Yoga Pose:

🐍 Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana

Benefits:
– Help us to keep our spine strong & flexible
– Help with our digestion
– Help us to reduce anxiety.
– Help us to balance our lower chakras.
– among other benefits…

 

 

Bring your yoga mat & 2 blocks.

We are going to practice:

🐪 Camel Pose or Ustrasana in Sanskrit

Benefits:
– It improves spinal flexibility.
– It helps to strengthen the back muscles.
– This pose creates space in the chest and lungs, increasing breathing capacity and helping to relieve respiratory ailments.
– Stimulates the kidneys, which improves digestion.

 

I truly hope this helps as guidance to start your home practice and increase your flexibility
Remember to consult your physiotherapist or personal instructor if your spine doesn’t feel good or you are suffering from any injuries.
Feel free to send me an email and ☝🏻Let me know how is your practice going. And join the private Facebook group:
“Yoga for every Acrobat” to connect with like-minded people who want to improve their aerial acrobatics performance by practicing specific yoga postures at home.
I share a video tutorial every week in the group, come to join us.
Don’t go without checking my free resource library, for more yoga tutorials to improve your flexibility.
Link Here 👈🏻

And let me know how you are your practice going

 

This is how you can reduce Stress & Anxiety during the Holidays.

During the holidays’ everyone tends to get a little bit crazy, lots of social events; dinners with friends, family, work, etc.

We tend to drink and eat a lot, a mean a lot.
When I was still living in Argentina, ( my home country) I remember exposing myself to a lot of friends and family reunions where the food wasn’t exactly the healthiest and t the moment I was quite a happy eating and drinking a lot. Holidays are the perfect excuse for this, right?
As time passed by, that kind of celebration stops having meaning to me.
I started to care more about weaking-up early on Christmas day and go for a run or a walk or watch the sunrise on the 1st day of the year and feel grateful for being alive.

Please don’t get me wrong I am not here to judge, I believe if everyone is happy with their life, each of us should live the life they want to.

Only when you are not happy with your lifestyle and you are just following the crowd behaving in a way that we “should behave” to fit in; is when you should know you have options.

I have been there my friend when choosing to eat and drink healthy during the holidays might be no acceptable among a certain group of people. Why do we choose to eat as if it would be the last dinner of our lives? Why do you choose to drink alcohol until our bodies can not take it anymore?

I guess it might be a way to hide or cover certain unhappiness going on.

Today I choose to take care of my self eating healthy, doing exercise going to sleep at a reasonable time .. yeap I might be getting older but I enjoy while I am taking care of my self.

I want to share with you a breathing technique you can practice at home that will help you to reduce stress and anxiety. Something I practice at home, especially in these holiday days

In the Yoga “language” we call Pranayama to the breathing exercises
which means “to control the prana”.
Prana is the subtle energy, the life force. Yoga teaches us how to use the lungs to the maximum capacity and how to control the breath with pranayama.

What is the difference between normal breathing and pranayama?
You might wonder…
Normal breathing is what keeps us alive, is automatic and most of the time we do have any awareness of our breathing.
The primary purpose of practicing Pranayama is to awake the prana, to maintain a healthy body and mind. It involves the complete mastery of the length, volume, flow, and quality of the breath. Ther are different breathing techniques and different types o pranayama.

Here I share with you how to practice Nadi Sodhana Pranayama.
Nadi means “energy channel”, sodhana means “to cleanse or purify”.
It is practiced by alternating the inhalation and exhalation between the left and the right nostril; controlling oscillations f the mind/body network and bringing balance and harmony through the system.

Click on the image below to watch the video tutorial.

This is my holiday Gift 🎁 .

Let me know how is your practice going

See you next year 😉 Happy Holidays! 🎄