Welcome October! Grab a bolster and ground yourself.
As the shift of seasons starts to feel more obvious, October reminds us that it's a hard month to stay grounded. Extracurricular activities start to speed up, invitations to seasonal events start to pile up, and it all reminds us that the holidays will be here way too soon. Seasonal mood changes and shifts in energy are common this time of year. Add in the constant shuffle that Covid can add to our daily lives, and we can all benefit by having a go-to grounding pose to lean on, with our favorite go-to bolster. Therefore, the pose of the week is:
Supta Baddha Konasana / Reclined Bound Ankle Pose
To come into the pose, sit on your mat with your bolster vertically placed behind you, with the base of the bolster touching the sacrum. Join your feet together and pull them into the pelvis. Relax and let your chest open. Lie back over your bolster. Place a bolster, block or even a pillow under each knee to allow the groins to soften and relax. Lying the chest over the bolster allows you to deepen the pose with less effort. Once in the pose, an eye pillow can provide extra relaxation and help slowdown thoughts in the head. Relax the arms by your side with the palms up, keeping them close to the hips which helps relax the jaw and the face.
With a bolster, this pose can be therapeutic and relieve back pain. The opening of the chest can have a positive and soothing effect on your mind. The pelvis is grounded, and the spine is elongated. This pose is good for digestion, reproductive health, and menopause. It can also improve sleep.
You can do this pose any time of the day, anywhere. Just keep a bolster handy and you are set to relax.
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Have a great week. And remember to check this blog weekly, for news, and more ideas on how to use your bolster at home.