Restorative yoga, a form of mindfulness and body awareness, has several benefits, including improved sleep and less worry.
A pause that enables you to halt the internal and external noise and give your body some much-needed relaxation is a welcome relief in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Restorative yoga practitioners experience this alleviation and much more. What, though, does restorative yoga entail? We will inform you!
➨How does restorative yoga work?
According to Alyssa Pfennig, a licenced yoga therapist and proprietor of Embarque Yoga, restorative yoga encourages healing and renewal as its name implies.
According to her, restorative yoga is an active form of relaxation that encourages you to enter a state of being as opposed to doing. As you practise, your body and mind become less active as you feel a profound sense of renewal and relaxation.
“Restorative yoga features gentle stretches using a variety of props to support and hold the body in myriad subtle shapes to gently open, lengthen and encourage relaxation in the body, including the nervous system,” says Okabe.
➨Benefits of restorative yoga
Restorative yoga, a form of mindfulness and body awareness, has several benefits.
According to Tiffany Bush, a yogi and the head of customer relations at Gaia, “Restorative yoga gives stress-relief, soothes the nervous system, relieves tension, and enables peaceful sleep.”
This moderate kind of yoga also offers increased flexibility and pain and stiffness relief. Additionally, restorative yoga can aid in reducing tension and anxiety. It promotes a tranquil, pleasant frame of mind.
➨Who can benefit from restorative yoga?
Restorative yoga has advantages for almost everyone. Those who are suffering from pain, worry, or burnout find the exercise to be very pleasant and beneficial.
According to Okabe, “Restorative yoga is suitable for all levels and is a very nourishing, replenishing style of yoga that can assist any person, both physically and mentally.” Many people discover they have more energy after a session.
People with ailments or those seeking a slower pace and thorough stretching will benefit from the exercise. Anyone who is exhausted from the stresses of daily life would also benefit greatly from it.
➨How is restorative yoga different from other forms?
Whereas many traditional forms of yoga, such as Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga, are physically active workouts, restorative yoga is much more restful. That’s how the practice is able to help the body, mind and nervous system relax and reinvigorate.
“Restorative poses are typically held for longer periods of time than in traditional yoga classes,” says Okabe. “These poses are fully supported by props, enabling your muscles to fully relax into the shape of the pose and to go even deeper to lengthen your tendons and ligaments.”
➨Props used in restorative yoga
All of the asanas (positions) used in restorative yoga are held using a wide variety of props. A typical restorative yoga sequence generally involves five or six poses and several props. The props allow you to rest and relax during posing.
“Asanas, including backbends, forward bends, side bends, twists and inversions, are practiced in a completely receptive manner through the support of bolsters, blankets, straps, blocks and eye pillows,” says Pfennig.
Each pose is held from 5 to 20 minutes, according to Pfennig. “This gives the body ample time to unwind and move into the parasympathetic nervous system, which leads to an experience of healing rest.”