Resting in Nourishment
This one hour restorative yoga class with a bolster is to let go for deep rest. This restorative yoga class offers a gentle yoga sequence with your yoga bolster to access your parasympathetic nervous system to rest and digest and come into an alpha state. By coming into still and restorative yoga postures we support our parasympathetic nervous system and bring our mind into an alpha state. These practices are incredibly healing and necessary in a culture which normally pressures us to strive and achieve.
This week’s free one hour yoga class is a restorative yoga class focused on the tenth and eleventh lines of the Ayur Dehi Mantra. The lines are pratishtham dehi and mam dehi. The words mean May I rest in that nourishment and May I be nourished. Our entire focus in this class will be on letting go of doing and focusing on being. By coming into still and restorative yoga postures we support our parasympathetic nervous system and bring our mind into an alpha state. These practices are incredibly healing and necessary in a culture which normally pressures us to strive and achieve.
Today’s class is about the tenth and eleventh lines of the Ayur Dehi mantra,
pratistham dhehi pratish +tham they+hee
May I rest in that nourishment
mam dhehi mum they+hee
May I be nourished
This week we focus on the importance of this entire mantra and nourishing ourselves. In this class we will let go of doing and come into being to find nourishment. Coming into stillness and supporting our being allows our parasympathetic nervous system to engage conserving energy, slowing your heart rate, decreasing blood pressure, increasing intestinal and gland activity and allowing your gastrointestinal tract to relax.
Letting go of doing through nourishing practices like the restorative yoga we are doing today allows your mind to drop into an alpha state which is relaxed, yet focused and receptive. Throughout our normal daily activity we are normally in a beta brain wave cycle which is associated with stress, anxiety, over thinking and our mind becomes pre-conditioned to react negatively. Beta frequency is also related to hypertension, increased heart rate, increased blood flow, cortisone production and glucose consumption.
In our success-driven goal-oriented culture, there tends to be little emphasis placed on the value of nourishing ourselves. The mantra instead is do more, be more, produce more, accomplish more, achieve more, attain more, possess more, strive more, compete more, and work more.
Taking time to nourish ourselves, through non-doing is a radical act of subversiveness in our culture. Sandra Maitri, author of the Spiritual Dimension of Enneagram says, “If (your) soul is supported in developing and unfolding…it will naturally be drawn towards its Essence, which is its inner truth. Spiritual development then is really a matter of non-doing and removing the obstacles and logjams that impeded the flow of our souls.”
We feel like if we don’t make something happen, nothing will happen. Yet, Being acts through us and nourishes us on a very deep level when we practice yoga, especially restorative practices like today. Rather than doing it yourself, what would it be like to allow these practices to do you? What would it be like to receive these nourishing practices?
What nourishment would you like to receive from this practice? What is it you are trying to create, sustain, release or let go of in your life right now? Form an intention for how this practice can best serve you.
If you would like to take this practice further than I would recommend the following restorative yoga practices from our membership site:
Waning to the Dark Moon
72 minutes of glorious restoration with every prop you own. Ahhhhhhh.
Yoga for Adrenal Fatigue
A short restorative class (20 minutes) that uses a bolster and a chair.
Short Restorative Class
This short restorative class (18 minutes) has been nick-named the Winter Hibernation class. 😉
Who is Arjuna?
In this 28 minute class you will get to meet one of the main characters of the Bhagavad Gita (super important Yoga Philosophy Text). Arjuna is a warrior prince in the Bhagavad Gita and you will learn who is character represents. You will need an eye pillow, bolster, and a blanket.
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Props Needed: Bolster, Meditation Cushion, Blanket, wall,
Yoga Postures/Yoga Asana: Legs up the Wall Pose/Viparita Karani, Supta Ardha Matsyendrasana/Reclined Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Ayur Dehi Mantra with the Samputa Mudra, Supported Fish Pose/Salamba Matsyasana, Supta Ardha Chandrasana/Reclined Half Moon Pose, Child’s Pose/Balasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose
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