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Modified Viparita Karani—aka “Immediate Maui”

This entry was posted on Jun 4, 2024 by Charlotte Bell.

Instant Maui

We may all use retreat time. When most of our days are stuffed with actions and duties, taking a five-minute break—not to mention a 20-minute one—can appear out of attain. To not point out that it usually appears a waste to “do nothing”

We within the West are likely to imagine that the busier we’re, the extra worth there may be to our lives. Conducting issues feels good. How we spend our days is necessary. However taking time to relaxation is equally necessary. Lizzie Lasater, daughter of Judith Hanson Lasater (writer of Calm down and Renew: Restful Yoga for Hectic Occasions), explains the significance of taking relaxation:

“For the common individual, it takes the physique quarter-hour to loosen up or to achieve the state of Pratayahara [cessation of our addiction to sensations]. The following stage, Asunia, is after we transfer into our physique clock—our physique time—permitting for re-programming of our parasympathetic nervous system. This shift into the parasympathetic system is necessary as a result of it helps stabilize and enhance our long-term features, similar to our immune system, our circulatory system, our digestive system and our hormones, together with fertility. After 20 minutes of relaxation, your thoughts goes into an empty state, much like wiping a chalkboard clear, providing you with the power to assume extra clearly and reframe our focus.”


The Energy of Restorative Yoga

Whether or not your common retreat is bodywork, yoga, sizzling baths, getting misplaced in nice fiction or sauntering in nature, preserve no less than certainly one of these in your record. As well as, I’d like so as to add yet another factor: Restorative Yoga.

The sweetness—and the ability—of Restorative Yoga is no less than partly that we will keep a very long time within the poses. Whereas our Western train paradigm assesses the “energy” of a bodily observe by its pace, how arduous we breathe, the quantity of sweat it induces, and quantity of ache we really feel throughout and after, the paradigm from which yoga has advanced sees it fairly in a different way.

In accordance with the yogic mannequin, we’re all amalgams of 5 koshas, or our bodies. The koshas are quite like Russian nesting dolls; every successive kosha nests contained in the final. Ranging from the outermost, listed below are the koshas: Annamaya, the bodily physique; Pranamaya, the vitality physique; Manomaya, the physique of emotion and mind (thoughts stuff); Vijnanamaya, the physique of upper intelligence; and Anandamaya, the physique of bliss. The aim of yoga observe is to deliver all ranges of being into steadiness.

To ensure that a yoga pose to achieve the deeper koshas, we have to give it time. Speeding by way of a number of fast Solar Salutations could loosen some muscle tissues and launch a number of endorphins, but when we actually need to really feel restored and balanced on all ranges—bodily, energetic, emotional, psychological and religious—we have to decelerate and permit time for our yoga to sink into the deepest layers of being.

An Immediate Retreat

I can’t say I’ve ever met a Restorative pose I don’t like, however certainly one of my favorites lately has been an invention of Restorative guru Judith Hanson Lasater’s that she calls “Immediate Maui.”  A slight inversion, Immediate Maui is cooling, calming and stimulates the parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) facet of the autonomic nervous system. Practiced 30 to 60 minutes earlier than bedtime, practising Immediate Maui can push back insomnia. It’s a 20-minute seaside trip to your physique, thoughts and coronary heart.

Immediate Maui is a variation of Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall). For a lot of Immediate Maui is simpler to maintain for an extended time frame than Viparita Karani. Legs can change into fatigued after they’re extending straight up the wall. In Immediate Maui, the legs are fully supported.

I desire to observe with my pelvis barely elevated whereas my legs relaxation on the chair. Elevating the pelvis creates a mild inversion that I discover extra calming than mendacity flat. In case you discover you like mendacity stage on the ground, by all means, observe Immediate Maui that manner. Consolation makes for efficient observe. If you’re experiencing any of the contraindications to inversions—your menstrual interval, hypertension, or eye issues similar to glaucoma or indifferent retina—mendacity stage might be finest.

The way to Observe Immediate Maui

  1. Collect two or three yoga blankets, a yoga mat, a Normal Yoga Bolster, a folding chair and an eye pillow if in case you have one.
  2. Unfold your yoga mat out onto the ground. Place your chair on high of your mat with the seat dealing with you. a Normal Yoga Bolster in entrance of and parallel to the legs of the chair. You would possibly need to begin with the bolster 6 inches or so away from the chair, however you’ll in all probability want to regulate your distance when you get into the pose.
  3. Lie down, resting your pelvis on the bolster. Be sure that the fleshiest a part of your rear is barely off the blanket towards the chair in order that your torso, out of your pelvis to the underside of your chest, is horizontal. In case your torso slants towards your head, Immediate Maui won’t be very enjoyable. In case your legs don’t really feel snug on the chair, you’ll be able to transfer it nearer or farther away.
  4. Our our bodies naturally settle down in restorative yoga, so it’s possible you’ll need to have one other blanket helpful to put over your complete physique, or no less than over your torso. Keep so long as you want. Put aside your to-do record. Do nothing.
  5. When it’s time to come back out, fold your legs in towards your torso, roll onto your facet and loosen up for a number of breaths earlier than sitting up.

Restore Your Vitality in Immediate Maui

Restorative yoga will not be about stretching. It’s about settling and opening. In case you really feel any discomfort, together with a robust stretch, in Immediate Maui, it’s possible you’ll need to experiment together with your props. Whereas utilizing a bolster on this pose feels nice for some, it’s an excessive amount of for others. You possibly can all the time swap to a blanket folded to roughly the dimensions of a bolster, or to mendacity flat on the ground together with your legs on the chair. The best restorative pose yields little bodily sensation.

In case your schedule will enable it, 20 minutes In Immediate Maui is good. But when it’s 5 minutes on a given day, take pleasure in that 5 minutes. Don’t stress out about not practising lengthy sufficient. Do not forget that restorative yoga is a present to your self, not one other factor it’s a must to get executed.

Restorative observe is about replenishing very important vitality on all ranges. After we are always exhausted it’s arduous to entry our pleasure. Restorative yoga permits the advantages of observe to achieve down deep, not simply stretching muscle tissues, however nourishing our complete being.

About Charlotte Bell

Charlotte Bell found yoga in 1982 and commenced instructing in 1986. Charlotte is the writer of Conscious Yoga, Conscious Life: A Information for On a regular basis Observe and Yoga for Meditators, each revealed by Rodmell Press. Her third guide is titled Hip-Wholesome Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Information to Defending the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Ache (Shambhala Publications). She writes a month-to-month column for CATALYST Journal and serves as editor for Yoga U On-line. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte performs oboe and English horn within the Salt Lake Symphony and folks sextet Purple Rock Rondo, whose DVD gained two Emmy awards in 2010.

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