connect to a slow, deep breath
quiet your mind, relax your body
learn to surrender
find peace and ease from within
quiet down your nervous system
Whether because of all of the energy we give to others, our hectic work schedules, chronic illness, or excessive stress and physical activity, many of us are constantly finding ourselves depleted. Yet we rarely give ourselves permission to slow down.
A deeply restful and rejuvenating practice, Restorative Yoga can help you create a foundation of mental, emotional and physical support in your life. Most importantly, it can help you cultivate the fine art of letting go.
Restorative Yoga is a practice born from the Iyengar tradition that uses a variety of props to support the body in gentle, restful positions. Poses are held for 5-30 minutes or as long as the practitioner is comfortable. The aim of the practice is to create a deep state of physiological relaxation, in which one can breathe, heal and rest. Studies have found that 20 minutes in a Restorative pose can be as restful as 2 hours of sleep!
Restorative Yoga can help us move from living in the “emergency room” of the sympathetic nervous system (otherwise known as the fight or flight response) to the “healing room” of the parasympathetic nervous system, igniting the body’s natural healing response to resolve injuries or illness.
Benefits of Restorative Yoga include
- Restored vitality
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Relief from grief and trauma
- Improved sleep rhythms
- Improved immune function (digestion, elimination, respiration and reproduction)
This practice is suitable for yogis of all backgrounds and levels, and is especially appropriate for new parents, pregnant women, women trying to conceive, and people with chronic illnesses and discomfort, as well as their caregivers.
PROPS: For virtual classes, I suggest having a stable chair nearby (not on wheels). If you don’t have a mat, be on a firm, non-slippery floor. If you don’t have a bolster, gather firm pillows and/or couch cushions. If you don’t have blocks, gather a couple of stacks of hardcover books, each about 6 inches tall. If you don’t have yoga blankets, gather firm, tightly woven blankets and or beach towels. If you don’t have a belt, gather an old tie, the belt from your bathrobe or some other kind of belt or rope that’s laying around. Something to cover your eyes at the end will be nice too!