Want to relax? Think support.

This is especially for folks from the SICL Intro to Yoga class, but relevant to anyone who’s interested in being able to really relax.

relaxation-support

This is such a great illustration of the child’s pose.  She’s practicing ahimsa — taking care of herself.  She’s adjusted her leg position, knees rocking out to open hips.  She’s made great use of support (hips higher than feet) to make that comfortable so she can relax.  The neck twist looks a bit uncomfortable to me, but fully supported.  The product she’s demonstrating is a pillow that extends from what you see around her head back to her belly, giving her something to collapse her shoulders around. The stretch from base to crown looks great and sustainable.  Note the relaxed ankles, wrists and hands (palms up!).  And she has water.

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