Creating your own Restoration / Eischens Yoga practice
The above video is one i took while Jessie and i were driving to colorado to stay a bit in the mountains, do some hiking and biking and re-connecting to nature. So on the way we'd stop on the hour every hour to do something to re-awaken our bodies and minds....basically to re-invigorate! We called it the "Road Warrior workouts" and it was a blast! But during this time it's not all just doing hard exercises, sometimes we'd mix it up and do a restoration type of movement like the down dog / up dog movement that i'm doing here at a gas station somewhere between wisconsin and colorado:) This is a perfect example of a re-balancing movement that opens up the hips and shoulders and engages the entire body and really gets the blood flowing as well....you'll feel great after doing just 20 of these!
So how do you go about finding your own practice? By listening to what makes you feel good and what you like doing too. SO begin by trying many different types of restoration types of movements. Do the Eischens Yoga beginner sequence and maybe that will be the whole answer for you as it hits the whole body, it's short, you feel great afterwards and are re-freshed...and that's the goal right! Or maybe you're feeling 1 or 2 poses you get or really like right now but not getting the rest of the beginner sequence....well just take those two and put them into YOUR practice. Next try some other tools or movements that make you feel good:
- The Tibetan 5 rituals - google these, they're very cool....maybe start at 8 reps of each of the 5!
- Indian Clubs - get a dvd, learn the basics, find 4 moves you like then repeat them for about 30 seconds of each drill and that's it each day!!
- Chest Expander - get this on our mbg site...love doing straight arm circles around body x 10s and slowly adding a rep or two each week. Once you get to 20s each way your shoulders feel great and then you're ready to move up in challenge (heavier cable or go to 2 or 3 cables!)
- Foam roller - another simple tool, do about 10 reps on those super tight points on the hips, IT bands, thighs, low back:) keeping it simple here is important too.
- Rolling on the floor (bjj style) - simply roll forward/backwards and all over...feels amazing and requires little to no effort actually!
- The MBG class warm ups done at 50% - if you've never been to the MBG then you might not understand this but our warm ups include all basic movement skills; running, carioca, lunging, crawling, rolling, cartwheels x about 8-15 minutes.
- Meditation and breath work - at the end of every Eischens Yoga class we do 5 minutes of breath work....simply lay down, completely relax and focus on breath in and out. In thru the nose, out thru the mouth and just work to make slower and smoother working your way up to 10:5 counts (10 in and out : 5 holds between in/out breaths)
These are all great examples of simple things we can all do to bring peace and balance to our bodies and minds....and the great thing about it is you can make it fit your needs.
THE KEY TO SUCCESS is doing it on a regular basis! Daily, rain or shine, 10-15 minutes thats it!!:)
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