Restorative yoga, allows us to relearn the art of relaxation while developing the skills and abilities to self-soothe.
It enhances our healing capacity by helping us regulate the stress response and re-balance the nervous system. Enables deep relaxation as you holding poses for longer periods of time with the help of props to completely support you.
The main focus of Restorative Yoga is that by relaxing in poses, with the aid of props, without strain or pain, we can achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Gentle, supportive, and therapeutic are just a few words that describe restorative yoga, at its core, restorative yoga is a practice of passive healing.
This yoga style is known for its ability to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the “rest and digest” part of your nervous system that helps keep basic functions working as they should.
As the name suggests, this style of yoga “restores” the body to its parasympathetic nervous system function, which, in turn, helps the body rest, heal, and restore balance. By allowing time for longer asanas (postures or poses) and deeper breathing, restorative yoga helps elicit the relaxation response.
This response can help slow breathing, reduce blood pressure, and produce a feeling of calm and increased well-being.
A key feature in restorative yoga is the use of props such as blocks, bolsters, or blankets. The props help you hold passive poses for longer without exerting or tiring out your muscles. It also allows you to feel comfortable and supported, regardless of your experience with yoga.