Benefits of Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga – healing through relaxation…

Restorative Yoga refers to a yoga practice that is ‘restorative’ or a practice that helps renew the body’s health, strength, and consciousness.

Restorative Yoga is a gentle and slower form of yoga that promotes deep relaxation, whilst holding the poses for longer periods of time, with the help of props. Restorative Yoga is derived from the Iyengar yoga tradition. Sometimes pain or injury may occur if you strain too hard in a pose. Restorative yoga adapts key poses using props and modifications, allowing the student to stay in the pose without pain or strain.

These poses promote deep relaxation, lessen stress in the body and help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (our relaxation response) and can help people recovering from injuries or illnesses.

The practice is intended to combat the physical and mental effects of everyday stress and helps ailments like headaches, backaches, anxiety, and insomnia through restful postures, pranayama (breath work) and sometimes guided meditation.

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The Benefits of Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is a Mindfulness practice that is especially helpful in reducing stress and tiredness that results from the pressures of everyday life.

Restorative yoga helps to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) or the body’s ‘Relaxation Response’. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its Stress response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the Relaxation Response helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the
immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.

Restorative Yoga poses leave us nourished, soothed, deeply relaxed and well res
ed. It can also help with recovery from illness and injury and help manage depression and anxiety. Some of the reported benefits include:

  • Better posture
  • Better sleep
  • Better digestion
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased strength
  • Increased energy
  • Stress relief
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle tone
  • Mental sharpness
  • Improved balance
  • Improved metabolism
  • Improved mood
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Encourages overall health and wellness
  • Massages internal organs
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Calms the mind
  • Encourages Mindfulness

A Mindful Yoga Practice

Restorative yoga could just as easily be called “mindful yoga” due to the expanded awareness of self, breath and body that comes through the practice. Slower movements cultivate space for a deeper experience of the poses and the breath and there is a strong focus on connecting the body and breath with Mindful awareness – it is essentially a gentle Movement Meditation Practice and is often incorporated into Mindfulness & Meditation Classes. Awareness of the physical sensations, the thoughts or emotions that arise, or sounds in the environment, can all take on a much more profound significance in the depth of the restorative practice.

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