Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a very “summery” summer here in BC so we’ve all spent an ample amount of time indoors. Luckily, I am a bit of a home-body and am quite content to spend my days quietly around the house sewing, cooking, and practicing yoga. My preferred styles of yoga right now are Power, Restorative and Yin. A kick-ass power yoga class is a fabulous way to start the day! Shift Power Yoga (https://www.shiftpoweryoga.com/) is one of my favourite local studios which offers a variety of virtual classes with excellent teachers. No packing up, driving, or parking involved whatsoever!! A good power class will leave you sweaty and invigorated and always finishes with a few relaxing stretches and a much needed savasana (laying on your back, eyes closed…pure bliss!)
On the other hand, restorative yoga can be likened to a “yoga vacation”. Props such as blocks, bolsters, blankets, or pillows are used to provide the most supported version of each pose so your body receives the best lengthening, opening, or simply just restful position possible. For example, you might do a bridge pose (laying down with knees bent, head, shoulders, and feet on the mat with hips raised towards the ceiling) with a block supporting your sacrum. This is a great way to relax into the sacroiliac joints in the pelvic area. Another favourite posture of mine is supported fish pose, using a bolster lengthwise along the spine, allowing for the chest and shoulders to open. Absolute heaven.
Bolsters also provide wonderful support during sleeping pigeon, seated forward fold, and supine twist. Browse our Shining Heart yoga bolsters for a perfect addition to your home practice - https://www.shiningheartdesigns.ca/cushions
Check out this beautiful Yin yoga sequence which uses bolsters and blocks -
Shine on xo