As the leaves fall down from the trees, as the cold winds start to blow we move in winter, into stillness. A time where we can look within and go deeper, connecting to our spiritual centre. Through yoga we can create a space to explore this stillness. Through restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra, deep relaxation we can let go and this is when the body can begin to heal and repair itself. When we settle into a feeling of peace, a feeling of calm, a feeling of stillness the body can really surrender and let go. As we move towards winter embrace the stillness, take time to create that sacred space for yourself and surrender.
Here are a few restorative poses to inspire you.
Viparita Karani (Inverted - In Action)
This has quickly become one of my favourite poses. At the end of a long day there is nothing better than switching off in Viparita Karani and surrendering to the pose. Whenever I feel a bit under the weather I’ll include this pose in my practice. The asana stretches the front torso, the back of the neck and the back of the legs. Keep kicking out through the heels and curl the toes towards you.
Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined - Bound - Angle pose)
This is another of my favourite postures. I can stay in this posture for half an hour or so and feel my whole body opening up. This pose stretches the inner thighs and opens the hips, improving circulation to the vital organs of elimination and reproduction in the lower belly. It also creates a subtle chest opening so when in the posture take nice, deep breathing through the abdomen. Switch off and you may even find you fall asleep.