MEDITATION TO RELEASE RESISTANCE

This guided movement meditation inspires you to release resistance in your physical body and in your energetic body. It may help to reduce pain and fatigue. This practice can be done seated on the floor, in a chair or in bed.

LENGTH: 15 min

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GENTLE YOGA FOR PAIN RELIEF

LENGTH: 30 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This class uses gentle movement, deep breathing and yoga poses to ease pain and improve posture.

BENEFITS:
pain relief, relaxation, grounding, improves posture

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
yoga blocks, blanket (optional), practice may be done in a chair

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

x sukhasana - easy seated pose
x seated movement - sway side to side
x urdhva hastasana - overhead stretch
x ardha matsyendrasana - seated twist
x paschimottanasana - seated forward fold
x agnistambasana - firelog pose
x savasana - corpse pose

RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES

LENGTH: 30 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This class can be practiced when you have a headache or migraine either on the floor or in bed.

BENEFITS:
soothing, pain relief, relaxation, grounding

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
bolster, cervical pillow, yoga block (optional), eye pillow (optional)

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x balasana - child’s pose OR paschimottanasana - seated forward bend

x viparita karani - legs up the wall

x savasana - corpse pose

SUPINE YOGA FOR HEADACHE PREVENTION

LENGTH: 10 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This class can be done anytime of day, but I would recommend incorporating it into your morning yoga routine to prevent the muscle tension that can cause headaches.

BENEFITS:
pain relief

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
none required

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x constructive rest pose
x neck stretches
x supta matsyendrasana - supine twist

BED YOGA RETREAT DAY SEVEN: NECK + SHOULDERS

I think it's safe to say that most people experience neck and shoulder tension to some degree. Whenever we are not fully present, it is easy to accumulate tension in the body. On a daily basis, I will notice myself unconsciously holding tension in my neck and shoulders. Bringing our awareness to this tension is the first step toward softening and releasing it. Today we are using gentle movement and stretch to relax the neck and shoulders so that we can release this tension. I often find that when this area of my body relaxes, the rest of my body feels less tense as well.

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY FOUR: RESTORATIVE

Since this is a bed yoga retreat, I wanted to give all of us this opportunity to really savor our practice. Restorative yoga is one of my favorite styles of yoga. In this type of practice, our goal is to gently open and relax the body so that we are able to settle the mind and body into stillness. The poses are held for prolonged periods of time, so we will support the body with props in each pose. Infused with meditation, this restorative practice will rejuvenate your entire body. In my experience, restorative yoga is even more refreshing than sleep because it is a conscious and constructive rest. It relaxes the nervous system, releases tension and calms the mind. 

An overactive mind can make it difficult for us to stay present in the moment. This practice will teach you to observe your thoughts and use the awareness of your body and breath to slow your mind down. Its not about silencing the thoughts but simply no longer allowing them to control your experience. 

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY TWO: BEDTIME YOGA

This gentle, seated and supine practice releases tension in the entire body so that you can feel relaxed and ready for bed. This day also comes with a guided yoga nidra practice for insomnia. You might fall asleep before this is over, so make sure that you're completely ready for bed before you begin.

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ONE HOUR RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR HEALING

LENGTH: 60 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This class soothes the nervous system and gently opens the body to allow fresh prana (life energy) to flow, bringing you into a state where deep healing can take place. I’ve given this class two spoons due to length and prop set up.

BENEFITS:
relaxation, grounding, pain relief, soothes nervous system

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
two yoga blocks, yoga bolster or stack of pillows, and a blanket or two
You can do this practice in bed if desired.

POSES IN THIS CLASS:

x gentle movement meditation
x balasana - child’s pose
x matsyasana - supported fish pose - 3 variations
x supine twist (cat pulling its tail variation) with support
x viparita karani - legs up the wall
x savasana - corpse pose

"I DID TOO MUCH YESTERDAY" COUCH YOGA FLOW

LENGTH: 30 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
Let's face it. Sometimes we over do it. This practice is for those times. These gentle poses will help your mind and body to recover.

BENEFITS:
Pain relief, fatigue relief, calming, grounding

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
bolster, pillows

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • cat/cow stretches (seated)
  • neck circles
  • wrist circles
  • ankle circles
  • double pigeon - aka fire log pose
  • paschimottanasana - seated forward bend
  • setu bandha sarvangasana - supported bridge pose
  • seated meditation

BEDTIME RELAXATION

LENGTH: 30 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:This practice uses gentle asana (poses) and pranayama (breathcontrol) to relax the body, quiet the mind and release residual tension before bed.

BENEFITS:
Relaxing, stress relief, promotes deep sleep

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • Nadi shodhana - one-nostril breathing
  • sukhasana - easy seat
  • neck stretches
  • dandasana - staff po
  • pashimottana - seated forward bend 
  • janu sirsasana - head to knee pose 
  • baddha konasana - bound angle pose 
  • upavistha konasana - wide legged forward bend 
  • supta matsyendrasana - reclining twist
  • savasana - corpse pose

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
Practice may be done in bed.

 

YOGA FOR SCIATICA AND BACK PAIN

LENGTH: 20 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
These poses relieve tension in the lower back and hips to alleviate sciatica and lower back pain

BENEFITS:
Pain relief, grounding, relaxing, 

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • balasana - child's pose
  • adho mukha svanasana - downward facing dog
  • uttanasana - standing forward bend
  • malasana - garland pose
  • agnistambhasana - double pigeon pose
  • paschimottanasana - seated forward bend
  • pavanamukhtasana - knee hug
  • supta matsyendrasana - reclining twist
  • constructive rest pose

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
yoga block, blanket or towel, pillow or cushion

SUPINE YOGA FOR FLARE UPS

LENGTH: 20 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This practice is done lying down to relieve tension in the body when you might be too tired to lift your head.

BENEFITS:
Pain relief, grounding, relaxing, gentle stretch

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • savasana - corpse pose
  • pavanamukhtasana - wind-relieving pose
  • supta padangusthasana - reclining hand to big toe pose
  • constructive rest pose
  • supta kapotasana - reclining pigeon
  • supta baddha konasana - reclining bound angle pose

All poses are done seated.

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
two pillows (optional)

RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR FATIGUE

LENGTH: 45 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This restorative yoga practice uses poses that specifically focus on alleviating fatigue. I'm scoring this practice with two spoons because of the prop set-up. HOlding the poses, however, requires minimal to no effort.

BENEFITS:
Restorative, calming, pain relief, fatigue relief

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • prasarita padottanasana - standing wide legged forward bend
  • setu bandha sarvangasana - bridge pose
  • balasana - child's pose
  • supine twist - supta matsyendrasana
  • supta baddha konasana - reclining bound angle pose
  • savasana - corpse pose

All poses are supported with props.

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
1-2 chairs, bolster, block, and two pillows

MORNING YOGA FOR PAIN AND STIFFNESS

LENGTH: 15 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This practice is a gentle way to lubricate the joints and enliven the whole body after a night in bed.

BENEFITS:
Energizing, pain relief, gentle stretch, wakes up digestive tract

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • sukhasana - easy seat
  • seated cat/cow stretches
  • dandasana - staff pose
  • paschimottanasana - seated forward bend
  • matsyendrasana - seated twist
  • seated meditation

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
A cushion or folded blanket under the hips may make this practice more comfortable. You could also do this practice in bed if desired.