Week One Restorative Pose: Side Lying Stretch
This side lying stretch feels incredibly delicious and helps to release tension around your mid back, encouraging your diaphragm to work more optimally.
The diaphragm is one of your core muscles and when it’s not working well it affects the function of your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles as well. So taking just a few minutes to breathe and rest your body actually helps your core muscles work better as a team!
What you need:
A rolled up blanket
A small pillow (optional)
THE SET UP
Place the rolled up blanket horizontally on the ground (or on your yoga mat) and lower yourself over top of the blanket, placing your chest and ribcage just beyond the roll with your waist and hips resting below the roll.
Extend your top leg and reach your top arm over your head and either let it rest or use your bottom hand to pull on your wrist or forearm to create a bit more length and stretch. Breathe into the top side of your ribcage.
Rest here for 3-5 minutes on each side.