This month we have focused on love and kindness. And more specifically, how to be loving and kind toward yourself. I asked Emily Wiswell, a local yoga teacher, to suggest 5 postures that aid in relaxation, and lucky for us, she delivered. Below are her suggestions, so dust off your mat and try them when you have a minute or two.
Viparita Karani (Supported Shoulder Stand)
Benefits: Boosts energy levels, reduces lower back pain, relieves headaches, reduces swelling in feet or ankles, and soothes menstrual cramps.
Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)
Benefits: Helps to relieve symptoms of stress, mild depression, and menopause. Stretches inner thighs, groin, and knees. Stimulates heart, ovaries, prostate gland, bladder, kidneys, and improves circulation.
Note: For extra heart opening, place a block or blanket beneath the shoulder blades.
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Benefits: Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles. Calms the brain, reduces stress and fatigue. Relieves back and neck pain.
Note: If you have difficulty sitting on the heels in this pose, place a folded blanket between your back thigh and calves.
Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Spinal Twist)
Benefits: Improves digestion and spinal flexibility. Alleviates back pain. Therapeutic for sciatica and insomnia. Twists help to gently compress the organs, flushing of toxins from the body.
Sukhasana (Easy Seated Pose)
Benefits: Calms the brain, strengthens the back, stretches the knees and ankles.
Note: Inhale through the nose for a count of 5, exhale for a count of 5. Repeat for 3 minutes and experience the benefits of this quick, seated meditation. This is a great way to start the day, or to turn your day around if you are experiencing a lot of stress. A seated meditation is extremely beneficial at any time of the day!
About Emily: Emily Wiswell’s classes combine a fluid expression of the asanas, with an accessible approach to the spiritual foundation of yoga. She received her 200 hour certification from Health Yoga Life in Boston in 2014. With a foundation in heated vinyasa and Baptiste style flow, her classes are designed to be accessible to all levels. In 2011 she received her Bachelors in Dance, fueling her passion for creative sequencing and dance-like motion as well as an anatomical approach. Emily believes wholeheartedly that the practice of movement and spirituality can change one’s life, that each person has the right to fulfill their bliss, and this is what she has set out to teach. Find her locally at Salt Water Yoga Studio, Riverside Yoga and Massage, and Pause Yoga. Find Emily’s full schedule here.