RESTORATIVE YOGA TO DOWN-REGULATE THE NERVOUS SYSTEM WITH ESTHER
1. Constructive resting pose for the lower back and the psoas
This pose is a wonderful way to calm the nervous system and relieve tension in the lower back and the psoas. The psoas is a deep strong muscle – one of two main muscles that connect the upper and the lower body. It often becomes tight as a consequence of both physical and mental stress. Relaxing it helps to enhance the sensation of wellbeing. Abdominal breathing along with a humming sound done while staying in the pose will allow you to reach an even deeper sense of calm and relaxation.
2. Reclining poses for digestion and relaxation
These two poses will help you balance the entire system and access the parasympathetic state – allowing you to breathe deeper and calmer, improving digestion and the quality of sleep. The supported downward-facing twist gently mobilises the spine, releases back tension, activates the organs of digestion and elimination and quietens the mind. The supported backward lying pose has a neutral effect on the spine and is a simple yet effective way to relax fully and to expand the breath.
3. Mildly energizing poses to open up the chest and the rib area
These poses create more space in the upper chest and the side rib area allowing for deeper and more complete breathing. Passive stretches use gravity and the weight of the body to encourage a feeling of openness without effort.
ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Esther White (Kru Dara) began her yoga journey late in life and practices mindful yoga as a moving meditation, using yoga as a skilful tool for ageing with comfort and grace. Now in her 70’s, she continues to share her practice. Her main influences come from the Iyengar and Anusara yoga traditions and the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn, and she is currently exploring a passion for Somatic Movement and the Feldenkrais method. “Yoga adds years to your life and life to your years.” (Alan Finger)
The poses are demonstrated by Maria Babot Sellart.
The studio space was kindly offered by The Yoga Tree Blossom Studio.