64 year old man suffering the results of stress.
On medication but does not want to be.
I really enjoyed this session.
We played the yoga really straight.
I focused on sharing the physiological details of how the yoga works.
I took the time to invite him to feel into what he noticed after each exercise so that we could create a feedback loop. It also got me thinking a lot about yoga and stress.
He came out of savasana totally delighted and wanting a prescribed program.
We agreed to a once a week session, the video at home and coming to a SWG class once a week.
Here is what we did:
Supine on a bolster
Attention to Breath
Step 1: Drawing awareness to the subtle top of the inhale and bottom of the exhale of the breath
Step 2: Focus on breathing into different regions (heart, mid torso and belly)
Note: He was not a chest breather, which is common for peeps under a lot of stress. Infact, his chest barely moved at all. The restriction is around his heart. I chose not to say anything about this, but it guided me towards opening this area.
Hamstring Stretching at the Wall with Strap
Cat Cow and Childs Pose
Wall Dog x 2
Roll up to Standing
Shoulder Opening at Wall
Forward Fold at Wall
Shoulder Opening with Strap
Shoulder Rotation Awareness
2 Rounds Lunge Salutes
Transition to Earth
Bridge Pose x 2
Eye of the Needle