Overview of this sequence and step-by-step instructions
This sequence is a little different from a straight restorative class, as I have started the session with some shoulder and upper back opening poses (Baddanguliyasana, Garudasana and Paschima Namaskar, plus two extra actions to open the upper back area). This early part of the session also has a few hip and groin poses to bring some life and space to that area (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana 1 and 2, and standing Eka Pada Rajakopatasana to a bench).
The aim here is to bring some clear focus to the body and to certain joints which both release stiffness and also prepare for later seated pranayama.
After the initial introductory poses, we will move into three restorative postures which are practised here to create space in chest and abdominal area, and to quieten the mind: cross-bolsters, Setu Bandha over a bolster and blanket, and Viparita Karani.
Prepare now for Savasana lying over a three folded blanket. Here we can begin to observe and deepen the breath (Ujjayi 2-4) which brings our focus further inwards.
Sitting Ujjayi follows and we finish this session with Pratiloma Pranayama, alternate nostril digital pranayama for inhalation, hand down for exhalation.
Finish with Savasana to experience the quietness and nerve soothing sensation that pranayama can bring.
- 2x Bolster
- 1x Mat
- 2x Blanket
- 2x Block