Meditation Monday: Restorative Yoga and Meditation

There are still a few hours left to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

And while it can be tempting to keep the party going into the wee hours of the night, it might be more beneficial to snag some quiet time. Whether you spent these three days out in the forest camping with friends, dancing in the backyard post a vegetarian BBQ, or diving into the ocean for the summer's first surf session, you might be in need of something a little restorative.

Restorative yoga consists of poses designed to allow the practicioner to let go, both mentally and physically. In many of the poses, the head is positioned to sit above or below heart-level, which can trigger the areas of the brain that help stimulate relaxation. It can also improve concentration and focus, making it a great pairing for a brief meditation. 

This form of yoga, originally developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, has also illustrated an ability to help those with injury, illness, and overwork. And while Memorial Day Weekend can totally be considered a vacation, it's easy to place strain on your body over a holiday. And some of our readers (yoga teachers, mothers, and customers service employees, we're looking at you), may have spent the weekend on their feet, helping others, and without much of a break.

As you unwind after these three days of sun, surf, and socialization, take thirty minutes to help your body return to equilibrium. Through a guided series of gentle poses, this meditation provides both your body and brain with some well-deserved moments of tranquility. 

Photo by Jake Laub.