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What is Restorative Yoga?

By The Yoga School | July 17, 2017

In this day and age of the constant rush to do more and strive for more, we have become a society that is stressed-out, impatient, intolerant with our frazzled nerves. What makes us stressed is wanting that sense of accomplishment, success, to fit in, to be in control, keeping-it-together the fear of losing out, and missing out. But it’s near impossible to try to hold things together, all the time, 24/7, 365 days a year. Consequently, stress-related illnesses are on the rise – irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, migraines, heart disease, obesity, and fertility issues, to name a few.

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a practice that provides rest to the body, with support, awareness and intention. This deep, purposeful, and mindful rest reduces fatigue, alters and lowers our stress responses and helps us to function better physically, mentally and emotionally.

How does Restorative Yoga work?

Well-placed props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks and eye pillows are used, to safely support the body in various poses. When the body is fully supported in this manner, it begins to relax and release deep layers of tension. This process invokes a natural state of quietness, balance, replenishment, and healing rest.

What happens in a Restorative Yoga class?

In a restorative class, we stay in poses for generally a longer time. This gives us time to observe sensations, breath, perhaps our emotions and thoughts, and welcome all of these experiences. This might not necessarily easy at all, as we may come face-to-face with aspects of ourselves which are not comfortable to be with.

What are the benefits of Restorative Yoga?

In more active yoga classes, we may be so busy with our “yoga practice” that we don’t give ourselves the time and space to notice these deeper levels.

Restorative Yoga is a receptive practice of allowing yourself to be supported and held, and then to notice where you’re not relaxing, where you’re holding on to tension, where there is bracing. So the practice becomes being relaxed with whatever you find.

It’s just being. There’s no goal of stretching or strengthening. You’re exploring what happens when you slowly release your habitual way of holding onto tension, and to allow the body to be expansive, receptive, curious and open.

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