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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.
Let's talk Parasympathetic. Just what is your Parasympathetic nervous system anyway? Your senses take in your surroundings and give you information about your environment so that your body can be ready to react to Survive or Thrive. Your Autonomous Nervous system is...
Restorative Yoga with RAVI weighted blankets Your body senses weight as calming - stimulating the sensory system in the same way that the body relaxes into a hug. Restorative yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga that relaxes the body in preparation for relaxing...
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