“Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling”
― Deborah Day
Happy New Years Eve!
I firmly believe that it is important to take a step back before we transition into a new year. However, in our very busy society – it is hard to slow down and allow yourself time to process. I hope this yin sequence serves as your permission slip to take 60-75 minutes for yourself. Use this time to look back on the joyful times, the broken times, and the times that felt neutral. Practice gratitude for all of it. You made it through. I love the verses in Romans that state, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” May you feel the abundance of God’s love for you as you close out this beautiful year in the journey called life.
Allow your body and mind to rest into these poses and find an intention you’d like to set before you in 2016.
Enjoy and have a very wonderful last day of 2015.
Block down the spine (3 min. each)
Any leg variation will do with these. I like to rest in butterfly or with the legs extended. Taking the arms overhead will help to also release the shoulders here. You can also add another block to support the head if it doesn’t touch the ground behind you.
Reclined twist on block (4 min. each side)
This is a new one for me. I love it because it’s like a little foam roller sensation that digs into the outer hip and psoas regions to release tension that is hard to target otherwise. With that said, if this pose is simply too much for you – just simply remove the block and take your favorite reclined twist.
*Repeat twist on other side*
Cat/Cow (2 min)
Remove the block from underneath and take a moment to hug the knees to the chest or stretch in any way that feels good for you. Rock up to table top position.
Sphinx (3 min.)
Shoulder rollover (3 min.) – Neck Release (1 min.)
Do the left arm first, then the right ear to shoulder. On the other side, do the opposite.
Counterpose: Low back release (2 min. each side)
Butterfly (5-7 min.)
Forward fold (3 min.)
Roll to back…
Reclined shoelace (3 min.) + Twisted roots (2 min.)
Banana Pose (2 min. each side)
Savasana + Seated Meditation (7-10 min.)
Namaste, friends! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.