17-Minute Restorative Sequence With Yoga Blocks
Many people struggle with the idea of slowing down and trading in fast-paced, challenging movements for slow and steady stretches and gentle restorative poses. But after you experience the incredibly renewing, relaxing feeling of these restorative yoga poses with a block, you – and your body – will fall in love with restorative yoga.
Restorative yoga is the counterpart to an upbeat, high-energy Vinyasa yoga practice. Restorative yoga relaxes and rejuvenates the body, cultivates peace and healing, and promotes overall wellbeing. Every yogi and every body can benefit from a restorative yoga practice.
Below is a quick and easy 17-minute restorative yoga sequence to get you comfortable with using a yoga block. We will stretch, lengthen, breathe and renew. Get ready to feel amazing! You will need: a yoga mat and two yoga blocks.
For this tutorial, we are using two foam yoga blocks from ProSource. We love these blocks because they’re slightly cushy and offer comfortable support in stretches and poses, perfect for this Restorative sequence!
Let’s get started! Meet us on your yoga mat with two yoga blocks.
Start in supported bridge (block on either height beneath sacrum)
Benefits: Supports and creates space in the spine and chest, takes pressure off the low back and helps alleviate low back pain.
Reclined Butterfly (block beneath each knee)
Benefits: Great stretch for the inner thighs and groin, stimulates your abdominal organs, calms the mind and reduces stress.
Fish pose (block beneath mid-spine)
Benefits: Stretches and expands entire front body, targeting the throat chakra, chest, abdominals, and hip flexors. Creates space in the thoracic spine.
Supported Reclining Hero pose (1 block beneath mid-spine + 1 supporting head)
Benefits: Increases blood circulation and flexibility in the quads, hip flexors, knee joints, and spine. This pose also increases ankle mobility.
*Option to take a supported Hero pose instead (block beneath seat)
Benefits: A gentler version of Reclining Hero that improves posture and cultivates a tall spine in addition to increasing circulation in the legs and stretching hips, knees, ankles, and feet.
Supported Pigeon pose (block beneath raised glute)
Benefits: This infamous hip opener is a great pose for relieving tension and tightness in the body, targeting the hips flexors, groin, and glutes. It also helps release built-up emotions.
Supine Spinal Twist (block beneath bottom knee)
Benefits: Twists decompress and realign the spine, and rehydrate the spinal column and discs by increasing blood circulation. They also gently massage the internal organs and improve digestion.
End in supported Savasana (block beneath each knee)
Benefits: Savasana is where all the healing, strengthening benefits of your practice sink into the mind and body. Placing blocks beneath each knee releases the low back entirely and allows for deeper relaxation, rest, and repair.
Pro Source Foam Yoga Blocks ($12.99)
Yoga blocks are a great way to bring even more healing, relaxation, and restoration into your yoga poses and practice overall. There’s so many ways you can incorporate a yoga block, whether it’s for gentle restorative poses, aiding in proper alignment, or bridging the gap in certain poses and stretches. Just remember to honor your body, take it slow, be safe, and most importantly – relax and enjoy!!
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