Practice Restorative Yoga For Fitness

At today's fast pace, it is common for the sympathetic nervous system to become overloaded, leaving our bodies in a constant state of high alertness. Our bodies don't know the difference between work stress and real danger, like an impending bear attack. 

To recover, the body must be able to relax and return to the parasympathetic nervous system. You can learn restorative yoga virtually that provides support to muscles and bones so they can relax. 

As a result, the nervous system sends fewer messages to the brain, the mind calms down, and the body returns to the parasympathetic nervous system. It lowers heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and slows breathing.

Another restorative pose, Supta Baddha Konasana (Tilt Tied Angle), opens the entire front of the body. To adjust your posture, support yourself on a block placed at a moderate height. The beam should be about 1/3 from the top of the support, creating a slight angle. Sit directly in front of the support and slowly lower yourself to lie on your back. 

Bring your feet together and when your knees drop off the floor, support them with a blanket or block. If you want, you can put another blanket over you and use an eye pillow to fully relax in your comfortable posture. Rest your hands with your palms up. 

This is a transfer pose and although you may feel open at first, staying in this position will help you develop an open and receptive mind. After holding the pose for 10-15 minutes, in a fetal position, roll slowly to your right side (turn left if pregnant), then slowly push yourself into a comfortable seat. Pay attention to how posture affects your energy and body.