"Pose of the Child"
"Modified Child's Pose"
So, why yoga? According to the MayoClinic, here are some of the great benefits:
- Stress Reduction
- Increased Fitness
- Management of Chronic Health Conditions
- Weight Loss
Okay, now on to my favorite kind of yoga- RESTORATIVE YOGA!!! This type of yoga is very passive- it uses blankets, yoga blocks, straps, sandbags, eyebags, etc. to do all of the work for you! It truly feels like a vacation for your body! You hold each pose (as you are supported by your prop) for a given length of time (maybe 5-15 minutes, depending on the pose) while you just lie there and experience a great state of relaxation. Sounds pretty good, huh? My group instructor says it can really help with getting us out of that constant "fight or flight" mode that most people are constantly in. According to her, it can also be helpful for fighting adrenal fatigue, boosting the immune system, helping chronic pain, and coping with grief or stress. Here are some examples of restorative poses:
To learn more about yoga, check out these yoga sites: