What Is Restorative Yoga?
What is restorative yoga?
Restorative Yoga was invented by B.K.S. Iyengar who is regarded as one of the greatest yoga masters in the world. This gentle style of yoga provides healing for both the body and the mind. Because you are holding poses for longer periods of time, it allows your body and muscles to relax into a pose. A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props like blankets, bolsters and blocks that allow you to completely relax and rest. Each pose lasts about five to seven minutes, and may include twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.
Restorative like many other forms of yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system which allows the body’s nervous system to rest. This form of yoga is also great for anyone who is experiencing anxiety or stress. Restorative is also a personal fave!
Who should practice Restorative Yoga?
- This is good for almost everyone! (The only exception – this style might be too slow for children)
- Good for those new to yoga, beginners to more advanced students
- Athletes – especially cyclists, surfers, and runners!
- Anyone who sits at a desk for several hours a day
- Those who may be in physical therapy or have injuries because this style is both gentle and supportive (just inform your yoga instructor of any injuries prior to the beginning of class)
How do I get started?
Buying several yoga props can be pricey but you can also use blankets and pillows that you may have at home. As with any yoga practice, I recommend hiring a private yoga instructor to create an individualized practice for your specific needs. Also, many local yoga studios offer a restorative or gentle yoga class. They typically will have all the props needed for a restorative class.
Take the time for yourself and try a restorative class! Namaste!
Bio: Christine Chupek graduated in 2015 with her 200 RYT training and is part of the Yoga Alliance. She studied at Be the Change Yoga Studio in Tustin, CA. Her studies are part of the Desikachar lineage, a breath centered asana. She continues her study of the Yoga Sutras, Yoga Wellness Coaching and she is studying to become a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor.
She has always been a seeker of knowledge and lifelong student. As both a student and teacher, she pulls from her own experiences to help empower others with a variety of tools including yoga, meditation, reiki as well as Faster EFT.
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