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June 22, 2022
Restorative Yoga is a contemplative practice that uses props like chairs, blocks, straps, sandbags, bolsters, and blankets to totally support the body, enabling the release of mind and body tension.
It is a slow-paced practice that works to release deep tension passively, without active stretch. It is a powerful practice and can help a student to restore the body back to its normal flexibility and mobility.
The practice was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar in order to help people with injuries or illnesses, enabling them to experience the profound healing benefits of yoga without placing their bodies under too much.
Iyengar encouraged the use of props and modified asanas to allow the body to relax into poses. Restorative yoga doesn’t do force. It’s about releasing, surrendering and compassion toward ourselves
Follow these restorative yoga poses for complete healing
This is one of those restorative yoga poses without props.
Another restorative yoga pose without props. Even though you can always choose to use blankets or pillows to get comfy.
A classic example of restorative yoga with props. This uses bolsters and blankets to heal and restore the muscles.
__Benefits of restorative yoga __
Relaxes your mind and body. Yoga is linked to reduced stress and anxiety, and lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Soothes the nervous system. Restorative yoga helps shift the balance from your fight-or-flight response (sympathetic nervous system) to your relaxation response, or the parasympathetic nervous system.
Enhances your mood. Yoga promotes relaxation and deep breathing, which, according to research, may reduce depressive symptoms.
Safe to perform during pregnancy. Restorative yoga is easy to modify and safe to practice during pregnancy.
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