restorative yoga

What is Restorative Yoga?

by Dec 6, 2020Breathing, calming, Mindfulness, Yoga

“I will let my body flow like water over the gentle cushions” – Sappho

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a practice of stillness as the entire focus is on relaxation. There are no active poses like you might expect from a “typical” yoga practice. You are guided to prop yourself comfortably in a series of poses where you lie in stillness for a few minutes before moving into the next comfy pose. All you need to do is breathe and relax. Think of it as a way to “yoke” or “unite” your mind and body. It’s a beautiful way to slow down, notice your breath and connect to how we are feeling.

Our bodies are amazing – they can breathe and function without us being consciously aware. Restorative yoga reminds us to care for our bodies by taking a few conscious and mindful breathes and to connect or “unite” our bodies and minds. Restorative yoga may not “look” like yoga at all to those unfamiliar. It’s not about doing; it’s about being. Your body is quiet, your brain is quiet, there is no effort – just deep rest.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga

  1. Triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to lower stress levels and calm anxiety.
  2. Good for the health of your spine.
  3. Refreshes and stimulates the abdominal organs.
  4. Makes space for a calmer, more present mind.
  5. Inversions like propping your legs on a pillow or up a wall can counteract the effects of sitting or standing all day.
  6. Can help to lower blood pressure.
  7. Helpful for better sleep.
  8. Triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to lower stress levels and calm anxiety.
  9. It feels amazing!!!
Restorative yoga

Make time for you

Restorative yoga can be especially beneficial during stressful times. Did somebody say 2020?  In a world full of “doing” sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to “just bee”. And the less time you think you have, the more you probably need relaxation time. Scheduling in some “me time” even for 5 minutes a day can help to reduce stress. Whether it’s a warm bath, a walk in nature, or a few minutes of restorative yoga – you deserve it!

Check out this sweet video of Miss Kay and her granddaughter Ruby demonstrating legs up the wall. Children and adults love this relaxing pose.