Currently I am immersed in Restorative Yoga training so I can begin teaching it to my students in the new year. Restorative Yoga is the practice of using simple, supported postures to bring the body to a state of neutral allowing self restoration to occur. It helps to reduces stress, headaches and insomnia, lowers blood pressure, reduces muscle tension and improves energy and concentration. In a restorative class you will spend an hour an a half listening to the teachers calming voice and yoga music while moving through 5-8 asanas (postures) all the while being supported by bolsters, blankets and other props. It is completely rejuvenating!
At the end of a class it is immediately measurable how much calmer, clearer thinking and relaxed you are. Through regular restorative you begin to see that quality of sleep deepens and you experience fewer physical issues. The common misconception about restorative yoga is that it is a practice for injured people when in fact it is a preventative practice meant for healthy people to practice regularly to avoid injuries. The term “restorative” refers to restoring your central nervous system, organs, blood, state of mind. Of course people with injuries will see benefits as well and because it is a slower paced yoga it is the most accessible yoga for persons with physical limitations.
Have you ever heard of or practiced restorative yoga before?