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Yoga For Restorative Movement

Farnham Restorative Movement Yoga Workshop

Don’t forget to ‘twist’ through the many diagonals of the body.
Work primarily from the inside out.
Encourage these ‘wringing’ movements to emanate from as close to the spine, especially its lower third, as is possible.
Give the body enough time to accept, accommodate and luxuriate in these deep, integrating and freeing movements.
Try not to lose the breath or a felt sense of rest as you work – insist instead on enjoyment.

Lie on your side.

Try not to resist away from the ground – unnecessary tension will result in us pushing the ground away with our rigid bodies as opposed to them being agreeably supported through their structures by ever-present and powerful gravitational forces.

Find the breath – don’t seek to change it, just pay it some gentle attention.

Take the back of the spine, beginning with the lower third, towards the belly button. Do this whilst allowing and encouraging a shortening, softening and concertinaing of the whole back of the back.

As you feel the shortened, innervated spine’s arch activating agreeable connections and new sensations, encourage the areas along the front of the spine to resist back towards the arch you’ve created.

Allow the top half of the body to go heavy and soft with the help of the breath so that the movement can traverse the whole spine and its surrounding areas.

You can then bring the sides of the back of the body together with a small arching of the upper back, coupled with an extended exhalation by activating the musculature surrounding the lungs – within and between the ribs. Use movement, rest and an intentional, lengthened exhalation to do this.

We have to start being able to feel that which surrounds the spine – front, back and sides – so that we can work with it in an intelligent and patient way to secure its eventual release and freedom.

Sophie

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