Restorative Shoulder Release Pose: All-Over Ease

Leza Lowitz, M.A.
Restorative Shoulder Release prop set up.

Restorative Shoulder Release Pose uses gravity to help relieve upper back, neck, and shoulder tension. Lying on the belly, you cross your arms and use the weight of your chin on your arms to release shoulder tension. The pose eases neck and upper back stiffness, gently stretching the spine, sacrum, and lower back.

Instant Maui is a comfortable supported restorative pose.

Take a Mini-Vacation in Instant Maui Pose

Instant Maui is just what the name implies—a little slice of paradise. It’s the perfect pose to practice when you need a little break from life. It’s a great way to stop time, recharge your batteries, and... Read more
Young African American doctor woman relaxing and smiling with eyes closed doing meditation and mudra

The Chronic Pain of Our Healthcare System

Pretty much everywhere in the world, we’ve watched our healthcare systems struggle under the crushing weight of the pandemic. Sure, it’s important to applaud the heroic efforts of healthcare workers and cheer... Read more
Image depicts eye movements and the calming affect they can have on the vagus nerve

The Vagus Nerve and Eye Movements: Tools for Trauma Recovery

It is often said that the eyes are a window to your soul. Indeed, your eyes provide great insight into how you are feeling. When we are stressed we tend to furrow our brows, contracting the muscles around our... Read more
Image depicts office worker in meditation mode in the middle of a work day.

16 Steps to Contentment

In our daily lives, we often rush through tasks, trying to get them done, trying to finish as much as we can each day, speeding along in our cars to our next destination, rushing to do what we need to do there... Read more
Woman practicing restorative yoga in a beautiful studio

Nourish Your Nervous System: A Yoga Practice Reset

Settling into stillness allows you to access the inner wisdom that can be found within the depths of your psyche. As if diving deep below the surface of the ocean, you find the slowest moving currents of your... Read more
Student practicing a supported (by bolster) restorative twist for greater comfort and ease

Calm and Uplift: Supported Supine Twist

Supported Supine Twist is a wonderful way to release the entire spine while alleviating tightness in the shoulders and neck. This gentle twist relieves tension in the abdomen and stimulates the digestive... Read more
Woman feeling free in a beautiful natural setting.

Overwhelm: The Survival Guide

Feeling overwhelmed with work and personal tasks is one of the biggest problems that the people I work with are facing. It turns out, that our lives can be pretty overwhelming. There’s so much to do, never... Read more
woman resting in forward folded One Legged King Pigeon Pose.

Take Rest in Supported Pigeon Pose

Supported Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana) is a wonderful way to gently release the hips, sacrum, and lower back. Further, it helps to release constriction in the piriformis and psoas muscles. Gentle pressure on the... Read more
Black woman meditating on the beach

How to Be Enough

In 1980, I was thirty-seven years old, divorced, a single parent with a full-time job in broadcasting and twenty-one credits toward a master's degree in communications. Picture that with the caption: “Middle... Read more
Sporty blond young woman in sportswear working out indoors, doing Butterfly Pose or Baddha Konasana

Fascia and the Vagus Nerve: Healing from the Inside Out

Have you ever had a morning in which you woke up with a painful knot in your neck? What happened? Did you sleep in a funny position or was it the wild dream that had you tossing and turning? Maybe it was due... Read more