Yoga is more than poses and posture. It's a way of being.
The term "yoga" often conjures up images of a person tied up in an impossible pretzel-like position that looks like it would be an injury waiting to happen. This is not what yoga has to be. The postures and movements in yoga certainly are beneficial, especially in their use to get the wiggles out so we can find stillness in body and mind, but they do not need to be complex or require the limberness of an acrobat to receive the benefits needed to find the peace of mind we are looking for.
I believe in being gentle with our bodies to allow a sense of ease and peace to enter our lives. Simply focusing on our breath, for example, is a yoga technique that has a multitude of benefits. Yoga also teaches us to be kind to ourselves and others, which I include to mean having grace with growth and learning. I am still on my path of learning and growing in yoga - though I think this is constant state for me as I will hopefully never stop learning.
I want to include you in my yogic journey, sharing what I learn along the way. I am in the process of adding more gentle and restorative yoga practices that you can incorporate in your daily life. It is my goal to break down the postures in to easy and attainable steps so anybody can receive the benefits of yoga. There's not much here yet, but check back frequently as I add more content and bring you more options to add to your practice.
Let's start with the best and most available element of any yoga practice. BREATH. Take just 5 seconds right now to INHALE and fully EXHALE. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Do you feel that? You just did yoga. Nice job, yogi.
Let's start our journey together.
Supported Bridge Pose
Let’s talk psoas (pronounced SO - as). The psoas (or iliopsoas) is our deepest core muscle and is responsible for many movements including hip flexion, lumbar spine flexion, and external rotation of the hip. It attaches at the lower vertebrae, slides down the inside of the pelvic bowl, and attaches to the femur. A psoas can become tight from sitting for prolonged periods of time, and can cause lower back pain and limitation in leg movement from the hip. It can also contribute to an increased curve in the lower back which can be very painful. What a bugger! Never fear - Bridge pose is a wonderful posture to help bring length back into this mysterious muscle and a great way to restore movement and balance. Take this supported posture slowly. It may take some time to increase the duration of this stretch. Be sure to breathe and listen to your body. If you feel discomfort, reduce the intensity of the pose by using a smaller support or by using none at all. As your psoas begins to lengthen and increase in flexibility, you will be able to slowly engage in the posture for longer periods of time. Always be kind to yourself and stop when you need to stop so you can do more things tomorrow. I hope you enjoy the freedom and movement Bridge pose has to offer.