What is Restorative Yoga?

Do you find that every day you are running from one task to another, that life is very fast paced, and Monday turns into Friday in the blink of a eye?  Are you continually tired, constantly overwhelmed, your mind working overtime?  Then maybe it's time you took a closer look at Restorative Yoga.

Restorative Yoga helps to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS), our Rest and Digest response. With the use props to support poses, combined with focused breathing, you are able to move the body from the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), our stress response, into our rest response.

What makes this practice different from other forms of yoga is that there is no muscle contractions involved.  The focus is more about relaxing the body through supported poses while paying attention to your breath.  You can achieve more opening in different parts of your body by softening and relaxing, and while you do still stretch, it is with a relaxed body.  The great thing is that it's possible for anyone to practice Restorative Yoga, from beginners to more experienced, and from children to seniors - everyone can benefit.

The challenge for most of us is to let the body and the mind be still.  we've somehow forgotten how to do this, and as a result, more and more of us are suffering from stress related dis-ease in the mind/body.  So the goal for Restorative Yoga is to calm the mind and body, and to be fully present.  We do this by resting in supported poses, being with your inhale and exhale, and then each time your mind wonders off to future thoughts, or past memories, you simply use your breath to bring you back to the present moment.

So what are the benefits of Restorative Yoga?

  • Deeply relaxes the body and stills the mind

  • Increasing your ability to deal with stress

  • Boosting your immune

  • Balancing your nervous system

  • Improving your capacity to heal and balance your system

  • Enhancing your state of mind

  • Improving the quality of your sleep

So if you think that maybe it's time you started to slow down, why not give Restorative Yoga a try?