Relaxing and Deep Stretching Yoga Practice for Emotional Wellness
To begin, gather a block and a bolster to support your body throughout the practice. Place the bolster next to the back right side of your mat. When you're ready, come into a belly shavasana pose by lying face down with your left ear on the mat, arms and legs extended behind you. Take a moment to close your eyes, deepen your breath, and observe the rise and fall of your back as you breathe.
Throughout this practice, use the props suggested to bring the ground closer to you and support your body. Remember to release what you don't need and focus on deep breathing and relaxation. Let's begin the practice.
Twisted Belly Shavasana
Place your hands underneath your shoulders and press up slightly to switch which ear is down on the mat. Extend your right arm straight out from your side with your palm facing down. Relax your left arm long down by your side and let your feet fall open. This pose stretches through your chest and shoulder. If you want to take it a step further, you can wrap your left arm around behind you, bringing the top of your left hand to your lower back for a half bind. Extend your left leg straight and rest your left foot on top of the bolster. Breathe deeply and relax into the pose.
Switch sides and repeat the twisted belly shavasana on the other side. This pose helps release tension and promotes emotional wellness. Remember to focus on your breath and let go of any discomfort or strain.
Reflection and Practice
Throughout the practice, notice how your breath and body awareness can be applied to your life off the mat. Use this time to practice relaxation, release, and letting go. Embrace discomfort as a place of growth and recognize that true growth happens outside of your comfort zone.
As you come to the end of the practice, take a moment to reflect on the seeds you've planted for growth. Every time you come to your mat, you nurture those seeds and allow them to grow. Practice being uncomfortable and finding comfort within the discomfort. This is where you're supposed to be.
Well done on completing this relaxing and deep stretching yoga practice for emotional wellness. Remember to continue nurturing your growth off the mat and applying the lessons learned during your practice.