Restorative yoga takes many forms and in this class Judith Hanson Lasater will guide you through supported forwards bends and meditation. These two elements make a perfect pairing because forward bends lead us naturally and intuitively towards a meditative state. As a result of this practice you'll feel more open and aligned back body.
2. Dragon Pose
The Dragon pose will really do wonders for your hips!!! Practice it and feel it for yourself. It will help with sciatica and lower back.
3. Dragons Tutorial
This video will explain the Yin Yoga version of the Dragons, which are the Yin Yoga versions of the Lunge. You will be shown alternatives and options and will learn about contraindications for the pose.
4. Bananasana Tutorial
Bananasana it provides physiological and energetic benefits. This is an instruction guide on how to do the pose and it will provide alternative ways to do the move and still receive physical benefits.
5. Stretch the Spine and Back
In this video, Esther demonstrates two poses using props to extend the spine and open the body. These stretches are great for a stiff upper and lower back.
6. Hamstring and Lower Back Relief
Esther demonstrates Reclining Big Toe pose, or Supta Padangustasana. This pose helps to open the hips and the hamstrings and relieves lower back pain. This short sequence is great as a warm up for an entire yoga practice as well as being therapeutic for high blood pressure and infertility.
7. Yin Pose for Stiff Lower Back
In this video, Esther shows you a simple but brilliant Yin pose for when your lower back is stiff and painful. Make sure you warm up before you do this practice.
8. Lower Back Relief
If your lower back hurts these few simple poses will help relieve the pain.
9. The Yin Lizard
To practice yoga in "yin" style is to stay in a pose longer and not focus on getting to the ultimate edge. Instead, you go past the muscle and deeper into the fascia/connective tissue matrix of the body. This is a great practice to integrate in your yoga journey.
10. A Guided Relaxation
Use this guided relaxation, or Yoga Nidra, after any yoga practice or on its own. It is important to relax the nervous system after yoga exercises. The nervous system needs to integrate the effects of the poses so you can reap all the benefits.