Restorative yoga is a practice that has been profoundly transformational in my life. I am grateful to my teachers, especially Mary Aranas, and am grateful for the opportunity to share the amazing benefits of Restorative yoga with students!
Restorative yoga poses are passive stretches taking you into a deep state of balanced relaxation while stimulating and soothing organs, repairing muscle tissue, supporting weight loss and improving concentration.
Deep restorative poses activate the relaxation response, the place where our body’s own healing and regeneration occur.
When you’re completely relaxed, your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, known as the “rest and digest” system kicks in helping detoxification and elimination.
Balancing busy lives with a deep restful practice is essential for a healthy body and mind.
Learn what it feels like for the body to truly relax- leave feeling refreshed and renewed.
Practicing at Home:
Even 10 minutes a day resting in a supported position can do wonders for your mental and physical health, muscles and nervous system. Lay down in savasana with an eye pillow for 5 minutes. Put your legs up the wall (viparita karani) or couch while you watch tv. Sit on floor and rest your forehead on a chair. Backbend by laying back on your rolled up yoga mat. Use couch pillows to rest in child’s pose.
Suggested Props & Resources:
-Eye pillow- the quickest & easiest way to take a break. A restorative yogi’s best friend.
-Bolsters- 2 bolsters are ideal, couch pillows work too
-2 foam blocks
–www.yogadirect.com a good resource for props
-Relax & Renew by Judith Lasater (Amazon)
-Yoga Nidra with Yogi Charu (iTunes)
-iRest with Richard Miller (iTunes)