Restorative Yoga & Sound Healing - The Ultimate Path to Stress Relief
How does stress affect you?
Stress breaks down the body’s ability to heal and the mind’s ability to find space and calm. We all already know this, but what can we do about it?
We’re busy, we’re tired and likely don’t have time for a self-care practice while we’re working (or trying to get work), taking care of kids and/or parents, cooking, cleaning, feeding ourselves and others and the million other things on our to do list.
But...if we don’t take the time to do things for ourselves that will build up our immune system and give our minds a break, we will move into a mental and physical state of dis-ease.
Stress is Exhausting & Harmful
Every time in my life when I’ve felt exhausted, had constant headaches, or digestive problems (or all of these!) were times that my stress was out of control. My body was breaking down and even though I went to many doctors complaining of headaches and fatigue for years, they didn’t have any solutions for me.
And back then I didn’t have these tools that I’m about to share with you then, but I’m grateful that I do now and I’ve worked over the past few years to bring the most powerful combinations of tools together to help busy people get the restorative rest that they need.
Is Multitasking Good or Bad?
Are you a multitasker? Well, generally it’s found that multitasking can create more stress because the mind really can’t properly focus on more than one meaningful task at a time and it takes switching over your attention constantly to each task to do them both at the same time.
Each time you switch your attention over, you lose time getting back to where you were before. And, honestly, isn’t it exhausting?
But I think I have a multitasking experience for you that is about doing LESS and experiencing MORE at the same time.
It’s the combination of sound healing with singing bowls and restorative yoga!
When you experience both of these amazing healing modalities together, you will be working on being in the present moment focusing on:
How your body feels
How your breath is moving through your body
Your subtle energy or chakras
Allowing your thoughts to come and go while practicing non judgement.
And all of these practices help us to be more grounded and less stressed!
What is a Restorative Yoga & Sound Healing Session Like?
Restorative yoga is basically propping yourself up in various poses that gently open the body while you rest there. Your main job is to ALLOW. Allow your body to drop into the support of the props, allow your mind to be where it is without following any stories it comes up with, and allow the breath to do its beautiful job without any effort on your part.
The singing bowls are there to help to balance and align your chakras, keep you deeply listening into the present moment, and help to cut through the constant mental chatter.
An experience with restorative yoga and sound healing would be to move into a restorative posture with props comfortably supported and listening to the sound of the bowls for a few minutes in that posture. Then, of course, some time in your most comfortable posture to get a longer experience of a sound bath. Nice, right?
Main benefits of sound and restorative yoga combined:
1. Parasympathetic nervous system response - activation the “rest and digest” system for healing the body.
2. Body opening - gentle placement of the body into postures that are supported, don’t strain the body in any way, but allow an opening and increased mobility.
3. Chakra balancing and alignment - the bowls help to gently (a little at a time) close a chakra that is too open and too much of a focus in someone’s life and they help to open one that is deficient and cannot be accessed to its full potential. The bowls also help to align the seven main chakras so that the energy flows up and down the central column of the spine - keeping us in our best possible state of health mentally, physically, and emotionally.
4. Present moment awareness and deep listening practice - when we slow down we have time to finally go within and notice. Sometimes that’s challenging, but the bowls help keep us grounded in the moment - in the physical sensation of the posture, in our energy, and in the place of noticing our thoughts.
5. Remove the stimuli that overstress our systems - we need to get away from technology, data, communicating with others, and running our bodies into the ground trying to get things done. Slowing down and stillness in productive, gentle postures with the vibrational energy of the singing bowls is how you can recover from all of the overstimulation that we go through every day!
I taught a beautiful virtual restorative yoga and sound session this weekend. I think it’s nice to do that in one’s own home also because you can just rest afterward if you have a little more time and hopefully transition into your evening and sleep with the positive effects of the practice still strong within you. More to come with this beautiful combination practice.
Let me if you’ve tried this before or if you’re interested in this bliss which will give you some serious relief and rest! Send me a note with your thoughts to my email.