Restorative class

Boy, today we had a wonderful class.  It was all restorative.  We started in Viparita Karani (legs up the wall), in which we did several variations – legs in Upavista Konasana (wide angle) and Baddha Konasana (cobbler), followed by moving off the bolster and putting it perpendicular to the wall and shoved back.  Essentially it was the back position of Supta Baddha Konasana and the leg position of Viparita Karani.  We also put a little block on the bolster between our shoulder blades.

Then we did some seated poses, including Virasana (hero), and various shoulder openers.  Those were leading up to a long hold in Supta Virasana (reclining hero), with one leg bent out in front.  

Near the end we did Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) in the ropes, for a long time, and then a version of Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge).

It was both restful and energetic in a way.  I could really feel what a good thing this sort of practice is for calming the nervous system.

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