What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or the lungs.

If you want to perform restorative yoga well, you need to have a wide range of props. In most cases, you will be using bolsters, pillows, blankets, chairs, straps and blocks to help you achieve perfect poses.

This class can be described as moving meditation on the different parts of our body in perfect sychronisation with your breathing. Moving in a very slow, gentle and conscious way to release stress and tensions, to regenerate our whole being.(body, mind, soul). Everyone is able to attend and enjoy this class!

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The restorative yoga class is still and slow, and it’s as much, or even more about the mind as is it is the body. The task and goal of restorative yoga is to calm the body and mind and to focus on breathing, almost like meditation. Keeping the mind focused on your breathing takes practice, discipline and effort. It’s the centering of your breath and body aligning the physical and mental properties. This is done by practicing stillness and gentle movement.

During a restorative Yoga sequence you still stretch, but you relax fully in the stretch, allowing that tension can slowly be released. Because the body and mind is relaxed, it literally becomes softer.  We also create space to get in touch again with our natural qualities of compassion and understanding of others.

When you are practicing restorative yoga, you will feel a sense of motionlessness and shapelessness, and this may result in some forms of emotional discomfort. Restorative yoga poses can make you feel vulnerable while you are practicing them, but you can keep yourself comfortable by putting on an eye pillow or placing your feet on a wall.

The Purpose of Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga balances a fast paced lifestyle and has an enormous capacity to heal physical and mental symptoms that are stress related — and as we know, many diseases these days are stress related.

Practicing restorative Yoga can help anyone who is chronically ill, acutely ill, or recovering from some injuries.

The main purpose of props is to provide support for your body when you are stretching or relaxing. As such, you have to make sure that you have props of the right sizes for specific poses.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga

There are countless benefits to doing yoga, some are physical, some mental and some emotional. It has a positive and uplifting philosophy that can be practiced as a way of life. It is calming and stabilising and creates a rational mind while strengthening the will.

  1. The beauty of restorative Yoga is that there is no muscular contraction involved.
  2. Enhances flexibility
  3. Deeply relaxes the body
  4. Stills the mind
  5. Improves capacity for healing and balancing
  6. Balances the nervous system
  7. Boosts the immune system
  8. Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self
  9. Enhances mood states
  10. Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind.\
  11. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities.
  12. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved.
  13. It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body.
  14. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.