Winter is gone and with that goes the desire to hole up inside. Spring awakens every being and with that comes an urge to move more. In our crazy modern society most of us work work work all week only to use those very few amazing spring/summer weekends to escape. When I used to work in NYC I had very few moments to get away so when I did I would often end up back in the city on Sunday night completely exhausted. It was adrenal fatigue to the max. I've learned to take those weekend getaways and make them restorative. I use that time to cultivate quiet so my body and mind have time to recover, regenerate and rejuvenate. Spring-cleaning also applies to the body and mind. There’s always a massive energetic shift that needs to be recognized. My skin needs attention. My body needs attention.
My usual schedule of yoga is vigorous on the weekdays so the weekends have become a time to take a less intense, more restful practice. A few weekends back was a great example. My fiancé and I got in the car and drove out to the Emerald Coast in Florida. We took beach walks, read books, explored the area and slept with the doors open so we could hear the ocean and see the stars.
I kicked off my sneakers and grounded in the softest sand Florida has to offer. I used the sand as my mat and synced my breath with the ocean. I had just recently stocked up on a few more essentials from Kohl's and made sure to grab things that were comfy, flexible and supportive. The soft bra is perfect for low impact and the 1/2 zip long sleeve was ultra soft and thin enough for the balmy, breezy beach weather. I highly recommend these Heatgear capris! I'm pretty picky about what I do yoga in and these have a second skin feel because of the Heatgear technology fabric. They have a lot of options for various healthy activities so it makes it an easy one-stop shop.
If you're up for a little restorative yoga here are a few examples of poses I'll work into after warming up with a few sun salutations A & B. Feel free to hold these poses longer and really enjoy them. That makes it more of a Yin approach to yoga and the breath is number one importance when moving through physical postures.
Reclining Half Fold
Side Stretch with Stacked Knees
*Only practice if you feel comfortable in full lotus
Upside-down Lotus Variations
Fish Pose (2 Modifications)
Finish in savasana and/or add in any breathing/pranayama exercises you may practice.
Take advantage of the extra light right now and find time this weekend to restore. Even if you can’t dedicate a lot of time, just sit and breathe or do something that triggers focus. Most of all enjoy this beautiful, lively time of year!
This post was sponsored by Kohl’s through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about Kohl’s, all opinions are my own.