Aah friends, we are well into December, the solstice and winter are quickly approaching, and with that comes our inner call to go inward and get quiet; to slow down a bit; to rest and restore ourselves. In fact, all of nature is taking time to rest and restore? Are you?
Now, you know I love being busy and on-the-go, and I love an active asana practice, but I’ve noticed lately that whenever I get on my mat my body wants to move more slowly and fluidly, with a few more breaths in each shape so I can slow down and feel the shapes take hold and expand in my body. And this time of year, especially, I find myself including more restoratives into my regular asana practice just to help me pause and calm and soothe my nervous system. Even a few minutes in a restorative child’s pose offers the quieting, calming effect I so need and crave.
If our practice is all about balance – finding the middle path, if you will – and I believe it is, then we can’t always be on-the-go (the yang/masculine/active energy); we need to slow down and pause and rest consciously (the yin/feminine/calming energy) so that we can experience stillness, turn inward, and “recharge our batteries”. So, I invite you to pay attention the next time you get on your mat – pay attention to what your body is really requesting of you. If your body really needs an all-out vinyasa practice, then go for it, but maybe try moving with the real rhythm of your breath…see if that slows you down a little.. But if you hear, even a whisper of a request to slow down and pause and rest, can you be willing to honor that? Can you move in the way your body requests, rather than from your mind’s commands?
If you are at all curious (and I hope you are!) about adding a few restorative yoga poses into your home practice, here are a few to try on. Tis the season to rest, relax and restore!
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