Restorative yoga helps us release chronic stress by cultivating “the art of non-doing.” It is the ultimate remedy for the busy-ness of our modern stres-full lifestyles.
Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved.
It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.
The foundation of this style of yoga is based on effortlessness and gentleness, relying on the support of yoga props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, yoga straps, sandbags, eye pillows, chairs, and sometimes even a wall, to induce the body and mind into a state of deep relaxation. The premise being that support allows the body to naturally release, letting go of deeply held muscular tension and stress. This then invokes a state of healing, rest, and renewal.
Restorative yoga fosters the ability to surrender into total relaxation, allowing us to become aware of the habitual tension created in our bodies and minds on a daily basis.
This profoundly relaxing and deeply rejuvenating style of yoga is appropriate for anyone, at any age or stage of life, or in any physical condition. This makes it a perfect practice for absolute yoga newbies as well as seasoned, more active yoga practitioners.