Restorative Yoga is a series of poses which enable us to create deep relaxation which will release muscle tension in our bodies.
It is a gentle type of yoga which is similar to other types of yoga classes, but uses props such as bolsters, pillows and blankets in order to help someone practice yoga more easily according to their different levels of health.
Restorative Yoga has been around for many years but was brought to the forefront when B.K.S. Iyengar, therapeutic yoga teacher published the game-changing Light on Yoga, the bible of several generations of yoga practitioners.
By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture, Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision.
Poses are held for long periods and often modified with props. This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions.
“I will let my body flow like water over the gentle cushions” -Sappho
At a time and environment in our lives when there is very little down time and no lack of stimulation, Restorative Yoga is a compliment to our lives.
In a chronically stressed state, quality of life and perhaps life itself is at risk. The body’s capacity to heal itself is compromised either inhibiting recovery from an existing illness or injury or creating a new one.
Depression, addiction recovery, breast cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, PTSD, and many more conditions existing in our lives can be helped by Restorative Yoga.
Start out with a few minutes of gentle movement before settling into a restorative pose or practice. A little stretching will warm the muscles and create space in the body to prepare it for relaxation. Movement will also give your body a chance to shed its restlessness and busy-ness before settling into a place of stillness
Restorative Yoga is all about quieting our fidgety bodies and calming our minds in order to rest quietly and be in the present moment.
There is peace within us.