Restorative Yoga

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45 min


Monday - Friday

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About Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a gentle and therapeutic form of yoga that emphasizes relaxation and healing. This practice uses props such as blankets, bolsters, and blocks to fully support the body in each pose, allowing practitioners to release tension, calm the mind, and restore balance.

Key Features of Restorative Yoga:

  • Long Holds: Poses are typically held for extended periods, ranging from 5 to 20 minutes, to promote deep relaxation.
  • Use of Props: Props are used extensively to support the body and ensure comfort in each posture, making the practice accessible to everyone.
  • Minimal Movement: The focus is on stillness and relaxation rather than dynamic movement, with only a few poses practiced in each session.
  • Breath Awareness: Encourages deep, mindful breathing to enhance relaxation and mindfulness.
  • Calming Environment: Classes are often held in a quiet, dimly lit room with soothing music to create a tranquil atmosphere.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga:

  • Deep Relaxation: Helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress and promoting a state of deep relaxation.
  • Improved Sleep: Promotes better sleep by calming the mind and reducing physical tension.
  • Increased Flexibility: Gentle, prolonged stretching improves flexibility without the risk of injury.
  • Enhanced Healing: Supports the body's natural healing processes by reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
  • Pain Relief: Alleviates chronic pain and discomfort by releasing muscle tension and promoting overall well-being.
  • Emotional Balance: Provides a space for emotional release and healing, helping to balance mood and reduce anxiety.
  • Boosted Immunity: Reduces stress hormones and supports the immune system, contributing to overall health.

Typical Restorative Yoga Class Structure:

  • Settling In: Participants begin by finding a comfortable position, often lying down, with props arranged for support.
  • Body Awareness: Gentle guidance to bring awareness to the body and the breath, encouraging a state of relaxation.
  • Poses: A sequence of 4-6 poses, each held for an extended period, with ample time to settle into each posture and fully relax.
  • Guided Relaxation: Instructors may use guided imagery or meditation techniques to deepen relaxation.
  • Closing: The class ends with a final relaxation pose, often Savasana (Corpse Pose), allowing the body to rest fully.

Examples of Restorative Yoga Poses:

  • Child’s Pose (Balasana): A gentle forward bend that relaxes the spine and shoulders.
  • Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana): Opens the chest and hips while supported by props.
  • Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani): Elevates the legs to promote circulation and relaxation.
  • Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana): Opens the hips and chest while lying back on props.
  • Supported Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana): A gentle stretch for the back and legs with support from props.
  • Savasana (Corpse Pose): The ultimate relaxation pose, allowing the body to rest fully on the mat.

Restorative Yoga is suitable for all levels, including beginners and those with limited mobility or chronic conditions. It provides a sanctuary from the busyness of daily life, offering a space to unwind, heal, and restore physical, mental, and emotional balance. Whether you're recovering from an injury, dealing with stress, or simply looking to relax deeply, Restorative Yoga offers a nurturing and rejuvenating practice.

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