What is Restorative Yoga? Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through supported asana (poses) in order to elicit the relaxation response-- a state of deep rest and healing that changes the physical and emotional response to stress.
What Restorative Yoga Can Do For You: In our modern society, our default setting is stress! Restorative Yoga practices aim to reverse the effects of stress (anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, insomnia, TMJ, repetitive motion injury, chronic pain, etc.) through mindful movement and the use of yoga props. Restorative Yoga turns on your body's natural ability to balance and heal itself via the parasympathetic nervous system-- thus cultivating renewed connection with the body, creating a safe inner sanctuary for self-inquiry and awareness, and enabling you to reconnect with your essential nature.
What Restorative Yoga Feels Like: Restorative Yoga offers a welcome respite from the turbulence of life and helps prepare the mind for meditation. It is characterized by slow movement, gentle stretching, longer holds, and the use of yoga blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps in order to facilitate an effortless practice of letting go. Sometimes letting go is the biggest challenge in this practice! Students commonly experience a feeling of total support, increased mind-body connection, release of muscular tension, and in time a sense of stillness and conscious awareness not otherwise experienced in waking life.
Who Can Practice Restorative Yoga? Anyone who wishes to disconnect from the fast and frenetic pace of life can practice Restorative Yoga. This practice is accessible to ALL bodies, and ALL levels.