Restore with Pillows!
Daily restorative yoga would be amazing, am I right?
A question I receive a lot at the studio is: “I need these bolsters at home! Where can I buy them?!” Well, you can buy them for home, but most bolsters will run you at least $100 each. Although they are perfect to use at the studio, I guarantee that you have enough “props” in your house for a beautiful restorative practice.
I am here to not only provide you with a beautiful studio practice, but with a yoga lifestyle that is sustainable. On the days where you can’t make it out to the studio, I want you to have resources that you can tap into. This is why I have created this blog, so that you can come to this page and find a practice that you can do at home, and hopefully relieve whatever you are feeling.
Above you will see a restorative practice that you can easily do at home, using just two pillows and two blankets. Hold each pose for 7-15 minutes, depending on how much time you have to practice, and end laying down in Savasana at the end.
Child’s Pose: take your knees to mat distance and bring your big toes to touch. I enjoy rolling a blanket and placing it between my glutes and heels (I find this helps prevent pins and needles - lack of blood flow to the feet). Stack your remaining props on your mat, between your legs, and lay your belly and head down. I chose to use the blanket and both pillows, but you can adjust based on what feels good for you.
Reclined Butterfly: using one or two pillows, lay them on your mat under your back. Bring the soles of your feet to touch, and open your knees to the sides, I suggest padding that space between your thighs and the mat, I chose to use rolled up blankets here, but you can always use pillows if you have lots laying around.
Supported Bridge Pose: Laying down on your back, with the soles of your feet grounded to your mat. Have your feet at about hip distance apart, knees pointing up to the ceiling. Lift your hips from the mat and slide one or two pillows under the lower back, depending on the height that you would like.
Half Frog: Laying on your belly with one pillow under you for comfort, bring the other pillow to your left side. Bring your left leg onto the pillow, with the knee as close to the arm pit as you comfortably can. Let the sole of your left foot turn towards the wall behind you. Repeat on the other side.