Restorative Bridge Pose: By Christine Wushke
This is a wonderful restorative yoga pose for times when energy feels low, or sluggish. This pose is very relaxing, and yet leaves you feeling refreshed and rested after just a few moments.
1. Stack 2 or 3 blankets, and place them about 2 feet from the wall. (or closer of your legs are shorter) Place 2 blocks, or a few books against the wall.
2. Sit in the center of the blankets, and place your feet on the blocks. Lie down so that your shoulder blades are on the floor, your heels are on the blocks, and the soles of your feet are on the wall. You may need to adjust the distance from the wall a few times to get yourself in the right position. The neck should feel very comfortable, with no pressure on it at all.
3. Stay here for about 3 min or longer (if you are very relaxed and comfortable) letting yourself relax deeply into the pose. Imagine that you are drawing nourishment into the body on your inhales, and letting the body sink deeply into the pose on your exhales. Let your brain soften, your eyes relax, and your breath move into a slow and even rhythm.
4. When you feel complete with the pose, roll to your right side and rest for a moment before sitting up.
Benefits: Strengthens parasympathetic nervous system, increased relaxation, increases oxygenation of blood, improved mental clarity, uplifts mood, and improves quality of sleep, increases circulation in the thyroid gland, aids in balancing hormones.
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Christine Wushke is a certified yoga and meditation teacher with over 15 years of experience. Her aim is to create a sacred space for students to effortlessly find the presence of stillness and an inner silence. Christine’s mission is to raise consciousness on the planet by empowering people to realize their own Divinity and to uncover a deep peace within. Christine is committed to assisting you in your journey, and helping you to realize directly for yourself the truth of what you are, and the stillness of truth within. In addition to her yoga and meditation training, Christine is also a registered massage therapist.
written and modeled by Christine Wushke, Photo’s by Dianne Wushke.