By Gaylene Thoeny

To generalize all women want to protect and nurture. It may be our own children, other members of our immediate or extended family, our pets or our friends!

Even though yoga was “invented” and practiced by men for 1000’s of years nowadays it has a huge female following. There is really no mystery why- women need the benefits that yoga can bring.

As nurturers let’s take a few minutes this month to calm our minds & nerves, open the chest, abdomen and pelvis, lower high blood pressure, stimulate abdominal organs and improve mobility in digestive organs, help relieve the symptoms of mild depression, PMS and menopause by breathing easy in a restorative yoga pose – Reclined Bound Angle Pose.

You will need: an open floor area, 3 pillows or bolsters and a blanket.

Steps

1.) Sit comfortably on the floor placing pillow #1 behind you.

2.) Lie back on pillow #1, if it’s too low to the floor try folding it in half or adding a folded blanket on top.

3.) Bring the soles of your feet together letting your knees fall out to the sides.

4.) Place pillows #2 & 3 under the knees on each side.

5.) Cover yourself with a blanket.

6.) Relax arms out to the sides with your palms up towards the ceiling.

7.) Close your eyes and breath deeply until relaxed, try starting at 1 minute and work up to 5 minutes.

8.) To come out of pose slowly roll over onto one side for a few minutes and then gently push up to seated.

9.) Making a mental note to bring this deep breath into the rest of your day & enjoy!

This article by Gaylene Thoeny, a 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Manager, Yogi and mom. Go to www.gaylenethoeny.ca  for more information. Gaylene specializes in creating a grounded life on and off the mat.