Celina Rydén - Top 5 Restorative Yoga Poses

February 26, 2021

Celina Rydén - Top 5 Restorative Yoga Poses

Living with chronic migraine for over 10 years and struggling with post Covid symtoms for almost a year - Restorative Yoga is one of my saviours. My name is Celina Rydén and if you recognise my name, that means that you are a nail junkie just like me! I have been working as a nail tech for the past 16 years and today I run two businesses, run a nail podcast, work as an influencer/educator for an American nail brand and before 2020 most of the year I was traveling globally educating nails tech in different techniques.

In November 2019, I was traveling through Canada and that’s when my health started to drastically change. I got one severe respiratory tract infection after another eventually in June 2020 I also caught Covid-19. It’s been a long and painful journey, both physically and mentally where I had to start from just getting up and walk to the kitchen, to be able to take a slow walk around the house to finally finding yoga and mediation that changed everything for me.

The worst thing about getting Covid was not the physical problems (even if that was horrible as well), but it affected my brain to the point where I felt like my brain was wittering away and like I was senile. I couldn’t focus on a thought, I had blackouts where I apparently spoke with people which I didn’t remember at all and I had trouble speaking and fining words. My short-term memory was a complete mess.

In September I was admitted to one of the very first “Post Covid rehab groups” and I was reintroduced to mindfulness and mediation. I had been practicing this about ten years ago but then it just kind of slipped away. Now things started to change. Very very slowly, but still, all of us in the group felt that something was happing in our brains! We felt like we were slowly getting back to a state were we could start recognising ourselves again.

In January I had my last session with the group and now it’s up to me to continue getting better. Meditation has proven to actually change our brains and I have experienced that first hand. It’s like doing push-ups but for the brain and the memory and learning areas are actually “growing” (this has actually been proven by MRI tests).

I practice a lot of different yoga styles but I have to say that I really love restorative yoga because it’s such a nice combination between yoga and mediation.

Some of the benefits of restorative yoga are:

It deeply relaxes the body
Resolve chronic stress
Boosts the immune system
Balances the nervous system
Support mental well-being
Improves sleep

The difference from other yoga styles is that with the help of different props like bolsters, blocks, blankets, you can completely relax into the poses and stay there from just a couple of minutes up to 20 min.

For these poses here I’m using my new best yoga friend, the velvet bolster from “Heppa”. It’s like cuddling with a big cozy soft stuffed animal and it’s the ultimate prop for restorative yoga. It’s filled with buckwheat shells and which shapes the pillow so nicely around your body in every pose.

Pose 1: Supported declined bound angle. Hold this for 10-15 minutes.

Pose 2: Surfboard. Hold this for 5 minutes.

Pose 3: Supported Spinal Twist. Hold this for 1-3 minutes per side.

Pose 4: Supported bridge. Hold for 5-10 minutes.

Pose 5: Upward-Facing Forward Bend. Hold for 2-5 minutes (this is the ultimate pose if you have trouble sleeping).

If you haven’t tried out restorative yoga yet - do it! It’s fantastic and it has helped me so much both with my migraine and my post coves symptoms. So if you struggle with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, headaches or insomnia, give it a try. And it really is the most wonderful way to end you day before going to sleep.

If you want to follow me you can find me on Instagram at @celinaryden (nails) and @celinasplace (yoga, spiritual stuff, crystals, etc). I would love to hear what you think if you try this our so please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know how it goes!

Much love!


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