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Teacher: Ashley Lopez
Video Description: This is a very slow-paced, gentle, restorative yoga practice. In this class, each pose is supported by various props and is held for several minutes. An emphasis is placed on breath work, a sense of calm and relaxation and a meditation-mindset. This class is designed to deeply stretch the muscles and break up the fascia so while the poses are supported and are taught slowly, they can still be quite intense. Students are encouraged to take each pose at their own pace, use props which make them comfortable, and listen to their bodies.Yoga Back Cool Down Floorwork Stretch + Strengthen Body Region Movement 01:10:24
Thank you so much, Kim! I know what it's like to get stuck sitting in the office and traveling around in the car or plane. It definitely pays off to move around afterward!
Hi Andrea! Thank you so much for taking the time to give us some feedback. I am glad you are listening to your body and if forward folds aren't right for you, you should certainly avoid them (and you would not be alone!) Certain spinal directions may be contraindicated entirely for individuals with pathologies such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, osteopenia, spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis, stenosis, disc degeneration or herniation, and a myriad of other conditions and the specifics depend on each person (i.e. was the herniation anterior? Then one might be encouraged to avoid spinal extension or backward bending.) Regarding limited range of motion, the props can certainly be helpful, and I sure would love to have many people on camera demonstrating all the possibilities with props. If there is limited ROM in the hips, hamstrings or lumbar spine, forward folds can be mighty difficult, and placing blocks under the knees may help, or sitting up on a pillow or bolster to elevate the hips. For my seniors, I will have them do their forward folds in chairs--not on the floor at all. So again, it's very individual and I encourage everyone to find the best option for their body. Although a few supported backbends and twists are present, this practice is particularly heavy on the forward folds as they're intended to be soothing and introspective (energetically), but that may only work if you can get to a place that feels comfortable and nourishing. I do love Iyengar, but am not an Iyengar instructor. Perhaps we can get someone out to do a few Iyengar practices!
Wonderful! Will try to do more like it. :D
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