On Friday 26 June I’ll be teaching my first restorative yoga session online, this means you will have to provide your own props as this practice does require a few so you can be as comfortable as possible as you surrender into great rest.
So what do we do if we haven’t got any? Fortunately over the last few months while adjusting to this new way of living many of us have inadvertently experienced an explosion of unexpected resourcefulness and creativity, qualities that have always been within us, but may have lain restlessly dormant. When we’re desperate, we spring into the present moment to fix the situation….hunt around your house for these substitutes and join me on your mat via zoom on Friday evening at 7 pm for a blissful 90 minutes self-care and nurture:
Yoga blocks and bricks are great props for all types of yoga not just restorative. A good place to start looking for substitutes is on your bookshelves. The brick is short and thick, whereas the block is flatter and wider.
Yoga straps are wonderful for working on going deeper into your stretches, but not everyone has one lying around at home.You can easily use a belt, a tie, a piece of rope or your dressing gown belt as a yoga strap. Just be sure to check that the fabric or material that it’s made of is strong enough to hold your stretch.
A bolster is really just a long pillow with more stuffing than most pillows for greater support. They’re used a lot in gentle restorative backbends. Roll up a big towel into a tube shape and place a pillow over the top for extra support.
In all seriousness, nobody really needs a yoga-specific blanket. Yoga blankets are often rolled up to support parts of the body, used to slide the knees or feet across hard flooring, or used to keep warm during savasana. You could even use a regular towel or a bed sheet.
A clean sock will do to keep out the bright lights.
Using your homemade props as support, essential oils and candles create your own sacred space and sink deeply into “ananda” (bliss) through these nourishing restorative postures releasing all effort and letting the tiredness begin to drain away leaving you feel revitalised.
This class is £5 or free for unlimited monthly payment.
Contact me for more info on props or details of the class.