RAVI Yoga Poses
Half Butterfly is a seated side stretch. Ravi can help anchor the leg(s) or aid the side stretch.
Bound Angle | Butterfly
Bound Angle or Badha Konasana is a hip opener that promotes flexibility in the inner thighs, hips and knees. Lay back onto a bolster to add in a relaxation factor. Ravi can be added in several areas. Across the heels to anchor the feet – in the hip crease to anchor the hips – & to Treat imbalances by adding Ravi to one side. The addition on a bolster also creates a stretch across the front of the chest and shoulders. Some of the benefits from this pose are improved circulation and digestion as well as reduced stress and fatigue. Women can use this pose for relief of symptoms of menopause and PMS.
Straddle | Dragon Fly Pose
Straddle legs to the sides to promote flexibility in the legs, hips and knees. Relax into a supported forward fold. Add Ravi to the legs or across the back. Forward folds are soothing to the nervous system.
Pigeon | Swan
Pigeon pose is a deep hip opening stretch. Adding Ravi can help the body relax into the pose. Use The Ravi across the back leg to anchor the outer hip down or on the back as a reminder to relax and let go.
Deer Pose is a gentle hip rotation. External rotation on the front leg and internal rotation on the back leg. Fold forward onto a support. Add Ravi to the back or thigh bone of either leg.
Add Ravi to your meditation practice and use the weight as a reminder to stay rooted in the body. The Ravi is a focal point and encourages your Vata Dosha to remain grounded.
Cow Face Pose | Shoelace
Add Ravi to Shoelace pose to help root the legs into a more stable foundation. Alternative: round over and add weight to the back.
Lotus Arm Balance
Adding weight to strengthening poses increases the resistance and challenge of the pose.
Reclined Twist | Twisted Roots
Twists rotate the spine and pull the more static yin tissues into a stretch. Stretching the attachments of the spine helps maintain the natural range of motion. Twisting also gives a gentle squeeze to the organs and stimulates circulation. Add Ravi to the outstretched arm (A) or along the thigh bone (B) to anchor and aid your stretch.
Reclined Side Stretch
Reclined Side Stretch already asks gravity to play it’s part in the pose. By reclining over the bolster, gravity will hold you in the position allowing the body to relax. Add Ravi to relax the nervous system and ground.
Supported Bridge has a mild inversion effect, lifting the body above the heart and head. Only lift the hips to a comfortable level. Add Ravi to the shoulders or weight down the front of the body – thighs or along the hips and front of the spine.
Camel pose is a deep backbending pose. Anchored with the lower leg as the foundation and the stretch extending into the spine and the length of the front body (tops of the thighs and hip flexors). Ravi can be used on the calves to aid grounding the foundation or on the chest which gives you a target to press the heart up into.
Standing Forward Fold | Dangle
Forward folds help reduce stress and soothes the nerves. Relieve tension in the spine neck and back muscles. Add Ravi to increase the pull of the arms (A) Roll up gently to massage the muscles of the back and shoulder and to move the stretch along the spine.
Childs pose is a staple yoga pose that relaxes the mind, calms the breath and is a gentle stretch for the hips and back. Adding Ravi to Childs pose makes it even more relaxing.
Savasana benefits are numerous. Relax, Calm, Release. Ravi aids Savasana with the benefits of weighted blanket therapy. Adding weight to the body stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and in turn creates a calm internal environment. Calm body leads to calm mind, calm thoughts, calm energy…