What is restorative yoga?
Restorative Yoga is a gentle slow yoga sequence that allows your body to relax into restorative positions for deep rest and relaxation. During your practice, your body is fully supported by props such as bolsters, blankets and pillows to allow you to fully let go of the weight on your shoulders.
Restorative yoga positions are typically held for 5–20 minutes to give you the necessary time to mindfully soften and relax your body, and for your thoughts to slow down. It is a practice of deep relaxation which incorporates mindfulness by breathing into each position to create space for you to truly be in the present moment.
restorative yoga for everybody
Restorative Yoga is a practice that anyone can participate in. It is suitable for all levels of experience, age and body type. No flexibility or strength is needed to come along to a Restorative Yoga class.
Sore back? Sore neck? Sore knee? Sore anything? Restorative yoga is the style of yoga for you! It is gentle, supportive of all body parts and very relaxing, especially if you have been experiencing body pain or stiffness.
the nervous system
Restorative Yoga is known for its ability to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the nervous system that is responsible for ‘rest and digest’ instead of ‘fight or flight.’ As we work with the parasympathetic nervous system it encourages physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Restorative Yoga is an ideal practice for those who have high mental stress, body tension, and even for those who are experiencing insomnia.
As the name restorative suggests, this style of yoga ‘restores’ the body back to its parasympathetic nervous system functions; of rest, balance and healing.