Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation

Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation

by Judith Hanson Lasater


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Restorative yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater offers a program of yoga poses to help rebalance your mind and body and counteract the effects of chronic stress.

Restorative yoga offers the body a chance to rest deeply and revitalize. Whether you are feeling weak, fatigued, stressed from daily activities, or simply need to slow down and tune into your body, this wonderfully adaptive practice is essential for well being. Many of the practices are simple and accessible for people of all ages and in all states of health, using props that are readily available—like pillows and chairs. These deeply relaxing poses help you

• rebalance your mind and body
•  create feelings of wellbeing, and counteract the effects of chronic stress
• recover from injury or illness
• lower blood pressure, and elevate and stabilize your mood

Discover how just a few minutes a day of active, supported rest can improve your mood, your energy, and your sense of physical comfort and ease.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611804997
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 266,154
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

JUDITH HANSON LASATER holds a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco, as well as a PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also holds a BA and an MA in unrelated areas. She has taught yoga since 1971. In l974, she helped found a nationally known yoga teacher training program in San Francisco, CA, which has since trained thousands of teachers. She was a one of five founders of Yoga Journal, has served on its editorial advisory board, and has written and modeled for numerous articles and columns for the magazine over the years. Lasater has taught yoga as an invited teacher at national and international conventions of yoga teachers for decades, and has written eight books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 Getting Started

How to Use This Book 3

The Special Importance of Head and Neck Support 5

A Word about Props 9

Preparing to Practice: Frequently Asked Questions 13

Part 2 The Poses

1 Supta Baddha Konasana 1: Supported Bound Angle Pose 1 19

2 Supta Baddha Konasana 2: Supported Bound Angle Pose 2 24

3 Salamba Balasana 1: Supported Child's Pose 1 28

4 Salamba Balasana 2: Supported Child's Pose 2 33

5 Salamba Uttanasana: Supported Standing Forward Bend 39

6 Salamba Adho Mukha Svanasana: Supported Downward-Facing Dog Pose 44

7 Salamba Prasarita Padottanasana: Supported Wide-Legged Forward Bend 49

8 Salamba Urdhva Dhanurasana 1: Supported Backbend 53

9 Salamba Urdhva Dhanurasana 2: Supported 3-2-1 Pose 58

10 Salamba Setu Bandhasana: Supported Bridge Pose 62

11 Ardha Viparita Karani: Half Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose 68

12 Viparita Karani: Elevated Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose 72

13 Salamba Sarvangasana: Supported Shoulderstand 80

14 Salamba Halasana: Supported Plow Pose 87

15 Urdhva Paschimottanasana: Upward-Facing Forward Bend 94

16 Savasana 1: Basic Relaxation Pose 101

17 Savasana 2: Wrapped Relaxation Pose 107

18 Savasana 3: "Stonehenge" Relaxation Pose 110

19 Savasana 4: Side-lying Relaxation Pose 114

20 Savasana 5: Supported Relaxation Pose with Breathing 120

Part 3 Practice Sequences

Everyday Restorative Practice 127

Specific Practices 129

Resources 137

About the Author 139

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