- Paris Alexandra, wellness practitioner and co-founder of BK Yoga Club
Alexandra recommends incorporating the slow and gentle 30-minute flow she demos into your weekly workout regimen if you're injured or do a lot of high-intensity classes, but I'd argue that you deserve a rest day regardless. The routine makes use of a number of props, including blankets, pillows or bolsters, straps or towels, and blocks; however, if you've all you got is yourself and a mat, that works, too.
Each pose is held "a lot longer" than usual, according to Alexandra, which means you should still expect to seriously engage your muscles, even as you take it easy. It can and should, however, be adjusted to your individual needs and desires. "You're encouraged to make modifications and really listen to your body," she advises.
As she concludes the restorative yoga flow, Alexandra says, "Today we've activated the calm responses in our body, which allows us to restore and heal." To that, I say "YES!," because healing is the new hustling. Press play to ease into the new normal, where honoring the needs of your body beats pushing yourself to the brink any day.
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