7 Benefits of Restorative Yoga

“to the quiet mind, all things are possible”

Restorative yoga is simply that – “restorative”. It is the centering of your breath and body aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness of gentle movement for extended periods of time.restorative yoga

Props such as bolsters, blankets and pillows support poses that allow your muscles to release tension.

Restorative Yoga focuses on deep growth and repair. Beyond these amazing health benefits, you create opportunities to recognize tension so it can be

Imagine the practice of restorative yoga as deep healing, growth and repair. Beyond these amazing health benefits, you create opportunities to recognize tension so it can be released.

B.K.S Iyengar, the father of the modern practice, was the first to systematically develop restorative sequences which he designed to help people struggling with injury, illness and overwork.


The body and mind

Relaxation and sleep

Balancing the nervous system

Energy flow optimization to the organs

Immune functions

The process of indigestion


Relaxation – Stress

Restorative yoga gives the stress caused by a busy lifestyle an outlet. As you breath, stretch and support, the nervous system gradually sends less urgent messages to the brain, allowing the breath and heart rate to slow. Sky-high stress is endemic in our society. Not only can stress make life less enjoyable and contribute to such bothersome symptoms as headaches, insomnia and back pain, but its linked to many of society’s killers including osteoporosis and heart attacks.  In Restorative Yoga, you are taught to lengthen your inhaling and exhaling. Once students master this technique, they can use it whenever stress flares up.

Weight loss

Stress causes the body to produce an excel of cortisol, which is a stress hormone that affects the immune system and adrenal glands. Cortisol causes the body to gain fat, particularly around the ever-conscious mid-section. Lowering your levels of cortisol through restorative yoga can eventually help you lose weight.

Breath awareness

restorative yogaAir and oxygen are the most important nutrition for the body. All functions of the body need oxygen to perform their tasks. Poor breathing translates into impaired digestion and poor assimilation. Over time, poor assimilation leads to diseases.

The breathing capacity, its depth and rhythm has a lot to do with aging and disease. When we breath shallowly, in the upper or middle part of the lungs, we deprive our body and mind of vital energy.

Deep breathing through the nose lowers blood pressure and heart rate, releases muscular tension, reduces fatigue, improves sleep, enhances immune response and helps to manage chronic pain.

Alleviates depression

When we take the time to find ways to balance our life, and reduce stress we learn ways to not only cope, but to change how we perceive it.   Through poses, meditation, relaxation and breathing, yoga helps you deal with factors causing the stress and improves your ability to address it from a healthy place. In addition to providing a passive, yet physical release of buried feelings, yoga helps evaluate expectations and the reasons for the feelings.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

“In a way, both yoga and meditation are “brain exercises” that engage different parts of the brain based on the components of practice (breathing, movement, postures, chanting, visualization, concentration), and can help the brain form new connections and recover from injuries, or as we call it to stimulate neuroplasticity,” says Helen Lavretsky, M.D. M.S. director of the late-life mood, stress, and wellness research program at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She says yoga practice and meditation may be helpful in prevention of dementia (a general term for loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life) in several ways.

In patients who have concerns with memory loss and some cognitive impairment but don’t yet have Alzheimer’s disease, practices like yoga and meditation could be beneficial in preventing cognitive decline

Wake Forest neurologist Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD and her colleagues found in a 2013 pilot study that adults with mild cognitive impairment who practiced mindfulness meditation show less atrophy in the hippocampus than those who didn’t.