RESTORE YOUR AWESOME

…and spend 4 minutes in Supported Child’s Pose (Salamba Balasana)

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When you’re feeling overwhelmed and the fetal position is calling your name (admit it, we all know the feeling), there’s nothing quite like a bunch of deep, relaxed and supported breaths in this glorious pose to erase anxiety, alleviate stress, and calm your mind.

Physical Benefits:
Increases circulation to your spine, relieves lower back pain, and stretches your ankles, thighs and hips while allowing for better digestion.

Props Needed:
Bolster (or a bunch of blankets, pillows or towels)
Yoga block (optional)

My Jam:
“Fair” by Remy Zero

How to Make the Magic Happen:

1. Grab a bolster or build up your support with (firm) blankets, pillows or towels. If you are using a bolster, you can prop it up with a yoga block for additional height. It’s better to start with a support that’s higher than you think you need because you can lower the support height at any time.

2. Sit back on your heels, your knees a little wider than your hips, and your shins flat on the mat with your feet behind you. Place the support lengthwise between your legs, up against your inner thighs.

3. Inhale deeply and sit up tall. As you exhale, extend out through the crown of your head and rest your belly on the support. Place your forearms on the floor, turn your head to one side and rest your cheek on the support. Close your eyes and relax your face, neck and jaw. Let it all go and release all your weight into the support. Turn your head to rest on your other cheek half way through.

4. When you’re ready to come out of it and feel your awesome ness restored, wiggle your fingers and your toes and create small movements to your body. Place your hands on the ground on both sides of your support and press yourself up to a seated position. Sit quietly and adjust to sitting upright for a minute or two.

5. Go forth and be awesome.

Adjustments:
Your hips should be well-supported, not floating in the air.
If you’re feeling compression in your knees, add more height to your support.
Place a blanket, pillow or rolled up towel under your ankles, knees or forearms if necessary for comfort.

What is RESTORE YOUR AWESOME?? Read more about it HERE.

Disclaimer: You’re responsible for your own health. Consult with your doctor before trying this or any other restorative pose or movement shown on this website. thepursuitofawesome.com, it’s owners and contributors are not responsible for any injury, pain, harm, or distress that may result from the information contained herein.

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