It's freezing over here. No literally, freezing; aound nine degrees fahrenheit all week, plus windchill (and the wind gets pretty intense when tunneling through all the buildings here) it's feeling way below zero. With all this cold weather added on to the already stressful NYC commute, we tend to be walking around in 18 layers of clothing, carrying some huge bag or suitcase of sorts, shivering with our shoulders up to our ears.
When I finally get back to my apartment after a long day of working, teaching privates and commuting around the city, I'll grab my bolster and take a solid ten minutes to just relax in restorative fish pose. If you don't have a bolster at home, you can use a thick bed pillow, or wrap around a few bath towels into a cylindrical shape. It looks like this:
Set the bolster about 2-3 inches away from your sacrum (so there is room for your lower back to rest) and just lay back and relax. If you feel you need more a chest opener, take cactus arms.. If you feel you could use some more grounding, take butterfly legs (shown.) If you'd like a little lower back relief then bring the knees together and the feet apart. Just take a few moments to get settled into the pose and see where your body naturally takes you. It tends to know exactly what it needs when we create enough space to be receptive and listen to what it's trying to tell us. This is a great pose to open the thoracic spine and chest, create a deep sense of relaxation and the perfect remedy to cure the winter blues. Stay for 3-15 minutes or however long you need! Hope you enjoy! xx