I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing weekend poolside with friends in California. The sun was blazing and the pool was incredibly cool and luxurious. We had so much fun that day as we kicked and splashed and to say the least, I moved muscles in places that I hadn’t in a while. Ouch! As I spend the next two weeks in recovery mode, I realized how tight and tense the muscles in my recovery areas were. It was like I had gone full boot camp after 3 years of inactivity.
Since a gym membership isn’t on the table right now, I had to find some creative ways of stretching, strengthening, and restoring my inflamed muscles. I started with a routine of yoga videos that really helped me with the process. The best part about these videos is you can do them anywhere – from your hotel room while traveling, to the guest room in a friend’s house.
I chose these videos because they didn’t require a lot of equipment, so it helped when knowing how to manage the positions using only my body and maybe a strap or a small prop.
For a relaxing and slow position moving video, try SarabethYoga’s 30 Minute Yoga for Lower Back Pain; which is what I was experiencing having done too many bicycle kicks. Take a look below as she guides you through several slow and intense moves to stretch things out and having you standing upright again.
Next, if you want to start your day off with flexibility to be ready for anything, then look no further than Blogilates Ultimate Daily Stretching Routine for Flexibility and Relaxation. Although the instructor has lots of energy for the early mornings, she has an ample amount of routine stretches that you can do before you even step foot out of the bed. Although she suggests doing the stretches before bed, I found it to be too much movement before bedtime because it started my endorphins pumping which made it harder to relax. .
For exercise recovery my favorite type of yoga is that of a restorative nature. It puts a lot less stress on the body and allows you to stretch your muscles to increase you flexibly. So, what is Restorative Yoga you ask? It’s a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body (fitday.com).
Checkout this video by Yoga by Candace which offers 30 minutes of restorative to get things back on track.
After a long day of giving the world your passion, it’s always great to put down the cell phone, turn off the tv, and re-center yourself for the next day ahead. You can do this with 20 minutes of bedtime yoga to relax your muscles for the sleep position. Use SarabethYoga’s 20 Minute Bedtime Yoga for Low Back Pain because it focuses on lower back pain, but it’s really great for all situations. I found it really relaxing and comfortable to do long after the pain in my back had cleared.
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By Jamila Taylor