Restorative Yoga is a Relaxing Yoga with Deep, Meditative Stretches. This practice is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. This yoga practice is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. At Alpesh Yoga India, we use props to support the postures, while gently stretching and strengthening the body. This class is appropriate for students of all levels. During the long holds of restorative yoga, however, your muscles can relax deeply. It’s a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.
If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. It is a completely different experience than most contemporary yoga. Most yoga classes are an active practice in which you move from pose to pose, building heat and increasing your strength and flexibility in equal measure.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Most restorative practices are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Benefits of Restorative yoga
In the Restorative yoga style, there is no muscular contraction involved. In a Restorative yoga sequence, you stretch in a relax full manner so that tension can slowly be released. In restorative yoga, the body and mind relax, literally becoming softer, we also create space to get in touch again with our natural qualities of compassion and understanding of others and self.
Restorative yoga benefits
- Deeply relaxes of the body.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Enhances flexibility.
- Balances the nervous system
- Stills the mind.
- Enhances mood states.
- Improves capacity for healing and balancing.
- Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self.