RESTorative yoga can benefit anyone, any age and any fitness level.
Restorative yoga is growing in popularity as yogis discover the amazing and long lasting benefits of a class for their Body, Mind and Soul. Never heard of it before? Read on to learn what there is to love about Restorative yoga.
There is so much to love about RESTorative yoga!
It’s hard to understand that so much good can result from doing pretty much NOTHING! Well, you are still doing something in a restorative yoga class, but finding the nothingness in it. Confused? Let me explain this a bit more.
In a Restorative class you are supported in reclining yoga poses by props like bolsters, blankets, blocks, eye/head coverings, music and – me, the teacher. The class moves slowly, in fact VERY slowly between a few poses that are held anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.These poses are arranged so that your head is below or near the same level as your heart. This sends gravitational signals that slow your brain and heart to a resting rate. This is combined with aromatherapy as well as slowed and deeper breathing techniques which oxygenate the body and signals the parasympathetic nervous system out of its Flight & Fight mode and into the Rest and Digest phase. Now, add a loving and supportive environment to this and deep peace can be approached and entered. This is healing on multiple levels – Body, Mind & Soul:
RESTORATIVE YOGA AND YOUR BODY:
Some of the physiological responses the body makes to such a class were mentioned above. When we look a little deeper at this the shift into the Rest & Digest phase is extremely beneficial to the adrenal and digestive systems. When we are stressed the body’s natural response is to overwork the adrenals and slow down digestive function. Restorative yoga helps reverse that and thus reduce our fatigue levels and improve our wellbeing, especially if practiced long term.
Restorative yoga can improve your flexibility without the risk of injury or pain. It helps improve sleep quality and duration, so insomnia can improve after each practice. Some yogis have shared this can continue for the next few nights after a class. Your circulation and respiratory capacity improves and some poses can relieve pain in specific parts of your body like hips, lower back and neck. Studies have even shown that restorative yoga can help people cope with serious illnesses like diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Many people experience relief from headaches and migraines too. Whilst there are many physiological benefits from the actual poses, I feel that most of the healing comes from the deeper connections made within yourself. This releases the habitual mentalisation process and take us towards the balancing nature of Soul.
RESTORATIVE YOGA AND YOUR MIND:
RESTorative Yoga helps to relax the mind. A natural consequence of this is the relief of symptoms of stress and anxiety. (NOTE: All yoga does this, but Restore classes get you there faster without the risk of stimulating or taxing the adrenal system from strong/fast movement. This is vital to avoid if you’re experiencing Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue symptoms).
Restorative yoga creates an atmosphere that fosters the development of Mindfulness. This allows for heightened body awareness and self intimacy. A space to cultivate acceptance of your body and its inherent limitations is discovered, more so than other active yoga classes. Restore classes also invite a deeper Self-Awareness and Introspection to occur. Your mind is drawn away from the external world and its constant mind based activity (thinking!) and self identifying. You will feel safe and deeply nurtured. For some people this cannot be found in a normal waking state.
RESTORATIVE YOGA AND YOUR SOUL:
The safety, calmness and loving nature of a RESTorative class gives you a safe space both externally and internally where you can move away from the haunting aspects of fear and uncertainty that is inherent in our modern life. As you practice surrender and release into the pose, a deep sense of going “Home” arises within. You connect to the fearless nature of your Soul and the Love based sense of Being at One with all things. As the mind quietens you get a deeper sense that you are so much more than your mind based descriptions create yourself to be. Your “problems” are seen to only exist in the past or when projected onto the future, and are actually not present in the Now of the moment.
Who can Benefit from RESTorative Yoga?
This is a simple one to answer – ANYONE.
Its a great part of anyone’s long term wellness plan. However, RESTorative yoga is particularly useful when you are feeling tired and worn down by life. So those with adrenal fatigue, anxiety, stress and tension, depression or are recovering from injury or other illnesses will find this class transformative.
If any emotions arise during class you are gently guided through them by Jo Solomon, who is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher.
No prior yoga or exercise experience is necessary. How good is that?
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