Restful Yoga poses for when you feel like hibernating

A few easy poses for winter

1) Start seated in a comfortable easy pose, gently close the eyes as you take a few calming breathes — allowing the tummy to gently rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale.
2) Moving slowly and carefully; take a twist to the right, looking behind you — thinking about both lifting up through the torso and twisting round with the chest. Reapeat on the left
3) Take the feet out as wide as is comfortable, raise the arms to the sky and take a side bend to the right, resting the right hand on the ground if you can, and if its comfortable, taking hold of the right toes with the left hand. You can bend the elbow to support the head if that's comfortable. keep the legs engaged as well as lifting and opening the chest. Repeat on other side. This is Revolved Seated Angle Pose — Parivrtta Upavishta Konasana. A hugely beneficial pose: it releases tension in the low back, hips, and pelvis. Strengthens and stretches the legs, stretches the side abdominals and the intercostals, and opens the shoulders.
4) Bring the knees together and take a restful Child’s pose — Balasana stretching the arms out, which, in turn stretches the shoulders and back.
5) When you are ready come to your feet and with your legs engaged, let the torso and arms hang heavy towards the ground, you can hang here or if you would like’ tuck the hands under the feet in Gorilla Pose — Pādahastāsana. Forward folds like this can help calm the mind and relieve stress and anxiety, as well as stretching the hamstrings and calves.
6 ) Hug your knees to your chest, maybe rock from side to side to settle the spine into the ground and massage the back muscles 7) and finally relax into Savasana, bring your attention to your breath, and with each exhale allow the body to sink a little further into the earth, to feel heavy and relaxed. Stay here as long as you wish!

So there we are; you can do these gentle poses anywhere, in your pajamas, first thing in the morning, anytime! Practice with patience and love. and don’t forget to stay warm yogis!

“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life, but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” ~ Donna Farhi
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