Round Bolster or Rectangle Bolster: Restorative Yoga Masterclass : Yoga with Melissa Episode 334

by Melissa West on June 3, 2016

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Restorative Yoga Masterclass

Stability-and-Curves-Yoga-VideoToday’s restorative yoga class explores the difference between a round bolster and a rectangle bolster. We begin with a guided relaxation to center you and bring your focus inwards. From there we move your spine in all four directions with a supported twist, backbend, side bend and forward bend. There are restorative yoga postures to open your hips and lengthen your hamstrings. Classic restorative postures such as legs up the wall and child’s pose renew energy.

Put simply, the rectangular bolster provides stability while the round bolster supports the curves of your body. Throughout this class we will interchange the rectangular bolster and the round bolster. The round bolster will support the curves behind your knees, and the curves of backbends and side bends. The rectangular bolster will be used when stability and a firm foundation is required. Throughout the class I will sprinkle in quotes to inspire the metaphor of stability and curves. The class will end with a poem that speaks to both the metaphor of stability and curves in our lives.

Props Needed: blanket, blocks, round bolster, rectangle bolster, wall, chair

Yoga Props/Asanas: Sahana Vavatu mantra or Peace Mantra, Guided Relaxation, Reclined, Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana, Pigeon or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Side bend, Supported Downward Facing Dog or Salamba Adho Mukha Svanasana, Supported Backbend or Salamba Matsyasana, Child´s pose or Salamba Balasana, Janu Sirsasana or head beyond knee pose, Legs up the wall or Vipariti Karini

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

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Today’s question to answer in the comments is: Where do you value stability in your life? Where do you value the curves of life?

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Om Shanti, Namaste

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