This home yoga practice is beginner-friendly restorative yoga routine that focuses on opening the hips, spine and lower back.
Welcome to this gentle restorative yoga practice for deep hip, spine and lower back opening. This routine can be done from the comfort of your own home, lead by a certified personal trainer and seasoned yoga instructor.
This restorative yoga routine is one of the many full-length workouts I’ve created for members in my free Facebook fitness group (which you can join by clicking here). My Facebook group has an entire library of full-length yoga classes. Every week I share new workouts, recipes and tips on weight loss and nutrition.
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Recommended yoga equipment for this routine
Restorative yoga often incorporates a variety of props to help position the body into restorative opening postures. Here are the props you’ll need for this restorative yoga practice.
- A yoga mat
- Yoga bolster (must have for this routine)
- Yoga strap (I’d also recommend a pair of yoga blocks for future yoga practices)
- Yoga blanket
- A standard bed pillow
Household Yoga Prop Substitutes
If you don’t currently have some of these items on hands, you can substitute
- A soft towel or blanket on the floor in place of a yoga mat
- A homemade yoga bolster (scroll down to see where you can learn how to quickly and easily make one)
- A household item (like a belt, dog leash, rolled up towel or even a pair of leggings) in place of the strap
- A folded up sheet or blanket in place of a yoga blanket
Creating a Homemade Yoga Bolster
I’ve created an free step by step tutorial on how to quickly and easily build your own homemade yoga bolster from common household items (no sewing required). Click here to read the post and create your own yoga bolster.
My Mat: The Jade Harmony Mat in Teal
I cannot more highly recommend a yoga mat than the Jade Harmony mat. I’ve been teaching and practicing on it on a daily basis for four years now and it has almost zero sign of wear or tear.
It’s easy to clean, a wonderful thickness (3/16″ think) for providing cushion to the joints on a firm surface, well sized for multiple body types (x 24″ wide x 68″ long) and not too heavy.
How to Set the Mood for a Home Yoga Class
Find a quiet corner of the house. Play some gentle, calming instrumental music at a low volume in the background.
Here are a few free calming music loops from YouTube that I use when I teach yoga:
- Relaxing Music for Stress Relief
- Gentle Piano Meditation Music
Before Proceeding, Remember
This video is for educational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice. Consult your doctor before engaging in a new exercise regimen. If at any time you experience pain or discomfort, discontinue participating immediately. If you choose to participate, you do so at your own risk.
Video: Restorative Yoga for Deep Hip, Spine & Lower Back Opening
More Awesome Home Workouts
Looking for more home workout inspiration? Look no further. Not only do I have more great resources for home yoga and strength workouts, but I also have an entire free library of full-length yoga classes in my free my free Facebook fitness group (which you can join by clicking here)! Every week I share new workouts, recipes and tips on weight loss and nutrition.
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