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RAVI as a yoga prop is innovative and fun. RAVI Legs up Flow is a RAVI signature series with lots of options. Here is an introduction to a few shapes to stretch and strengthen the legs and core. In the RAVI Legs up Flow you experience:
Stretch by using leverage + Strengthen with resistance training + Calming from the inversion + Relaxation of the legs + Seamless and Easy Flow
RAVI Weighted Blankets are grounding. Grounding is the process of coming into the body. Our body does not have the ability to time travel. Your thoughts can remember and plan, but your physical self cannot be in the past or the future. Your body can only be in the present moment. When you focus on the body – you automatically come into the present. There are also some natural rhythms within the body that are soothing. Watching the breath move in and out. When you focus on your current breath and the present moment, this allows the mind, body and spirit to release stress and anxiety that arise from thoughts outside of the here and now.
Adding RAVI to Child’s Pose is calming and comforting to the nervous system. The Weighted Blanket draws awareness to grounding and helps to comfort and hold the body in the shape. Child’s pose is a foundational yoga pose that is practiced as a transitional resting pose or as a foundational relaxation with a gentle stretch to the back body.
Adding RAVI to a core strengthening pose like boat pose is a unique opportunity to target the strengthening effects. We are able to manipulate the center of mass (balance point) of the body by strategically adding weight. RAVI allows you to do this in a safe and effective way.
Traumatic experiences can have an influence on daily life and health even after the danger has passed. Our bodies are designed to keep us safe in the face of peril. When you sense an unsafe environment, your body goes into an automatic response to Survive. This system is called the Sympathetic Nervous System which is part of the Autonomous Nervous System.
In the Hatha Yoga tradition, this pose is named Gomukhasana which translates to cow face pose. Many yoga postures are named from nature. When viewed from the front, the knees resemble the snout and the arms resemble the ears. In the YIN Practice, the pose is named Shoelace as the legs resemble the crossing over of shoelaces.
This pose opens the hips and helps decompress the lower spine. Adding RAVI to the pose helps with traction and grounding.
Begin Seated with legs crossing – working towards lining up knees with one on top of the other at center and heels pulled in towards opposite outer hip. RAVI placement is strategic to open the hips and relax the rest of the body
Side Lying Relaxation Pose is also known as Savasana on the side and offers all the benefits of traditional Savasana with some extra components.
Drawing in 1 or both knees can help relax the belly and aid digestion and relieve stomach issues. Lying on the left side is more helpful for digestion due to the way the organs are arranged in the body. This pose is also calming to the emotions and can help alleviate feelings of anxiety and feeling overwhelmed.
Side Lying Relaxation Pose is also perfect Savasana substitute for pregnant women, offering relaxation from the extra weight of the pregnancy without the risk of putting pressure on the inferior vena cava which can cause sensation of nausea or feeling feint.
Weighted Blankets feel like a comforting hug. They are known to cause a release of a waterfall of happiness chemistry into the body. Sensations of feeling loved, feeling safe, not being alone. These sensations transform and uplift emotions and mood.
Children love hugs and ask for them all the time, because of how good it makes them feel.
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Forward folds stretch the back body and invite the body to relax in and surrender. The sensation of stretch can be felt from the bottoms of the feet all the way along the back body to the base of the skull. Folds also compress and massage the belly, improving digestion. For women, folds can also improve issues with reproductive organs, including cramps and infertility.
The sacrum is the base of the spine and should be supported and feel flat on the prop, Watch out for the prop placement too high towards the spinal vertebrae or too low as to destabilize a flat support for the sacrum.
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