What is Restorative Yoga?

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Posted by Janet Whitehead on 19 Oct 2015

As a Yoga and Pilates teacher I enjoy going to classes to be led by an instructor and recently I went to a Yoga workshop that included Restorative Yoga. Usually in yoga we are moving, stretching, strengthening and creating wonderful shapes with our body which can sometimes be challenging. However the challenge in restorative yoga is being still.... Yoga advocates being present in the moment and in Restorative Yoga, you really are. Most of us are busy with frenetic lives, working, looking after children, parents and generally forgetting ourselves.

In my Garden Studio in Cookham it offers the perfect place for peace and tranquility for Restorative Yoga. Movements are gentle, settling into poses for a prolonged amount of time with the support of numerous props, i.e. bolsters, blankets, eye pillows, blocks, soft blocks to ensure you are stable and comfortable. These poses go beyond the muscles and limbs and stretch the myofascial which is a netting that surrounds all our joints, bones and muscles. The fascia supports and protects all these structures. Restorative Yoga helps improve blood and lymphatic circulation and stimulate the stretch reflex in the muscles.

Sometimes relaxation needs to be learned and scheduled into our lives and the benefits of taking time for yourself is immeasurable. Blood pressure lowers, immunity and digestion improve and general fatigue is reduced. This is a nurturing yoga allowing yourself to cultivate inner peace, give it a try.

They are few and far between at the moment but I feel that they will become increasingly popular with people who want to slow down and just be, focusing on the Self.

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