At its core, restorative yoga is a way to promote healing throughout the body. Whether you are attending this class online or in person, you can expect to come out of it in a deeply relaxed state. Restorative yoga is the perfect practice for you if you need stress relief or quiet time for conscious movement.
What Is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga is a gentle yoga style that encourages all aspects of relaxation in the mind, body, and spirit. The practice of restorative yoga is a slow-flowing performance of movement that focuses on stillness and deep breathing to bring the body back into a calm state. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, leading to the resting, healing, and restoration of balance within. Each pose within the practice is drawn out for longer periods than the average yoga flow and allows more time for breathing into the body.
Doing yoga of any kind, whether it’s gentle or more involved, has many benefits that are, in fact, supported by science. Some of the most notable benefits that doing yoga can provide for the body and mind are:
- Relaxing both your body and mind
- Soothing your overall nervous system
- Improving your quality sleep
- Reducing any chronic pains you may have
- Enhancing your daily overall mood
Restorative Yoga Poses
The poses that will be practiced within restorative yoga will reset and relax you. A few of the poses that you can expect within this practice are:
- Child’s Pose: This pose stretches the hips, calms the brain, and relieves back pain.
- Corpse Pose: This pose helps to relieve stress, reduce headache, and lower blood pressure.
- Supported Fish Pose: This pose will stretch the abdomen, chest and throat and is known as the “Destroyer of Diseases”. This pose will also aid in digestion.
- Supported Supine Twist: This pose is a gentle twist that will gently stretch the side, back and hips that is great to aid in relaxation and digestion.
- Legs Up The Wall Pose: This pose will gently stretch the back, calm the mind, and relieves any backaches.
To hold your body in various poses for an extended period of time, the use of props is necessary. Below is a small list of some of the props that we supply for this type of yoga, which can also be brought from home. These props are yoga bolsters, blocks, blankets, and straps.
A bolster is a rectangular shaped cushion that provides you, the yogi, with support for any heart-opening and back lengthening poses. These cushions are soft yet sturdy and usually made out of cotton batting.
The yoga block can come in a variety of different materials, such as foam or cork. We supply our soft yet stable foam blocks for maximum comfort. Using any number of blocks during restorative yoga can support hip opening poses that may be included in your restorative yoga session.
Blankets can help this type of yoga practice by providing a cushion for behind the head or under the knees for the utmost relaxation and comfort. They can also keep you warm during laying poses if needed.
When you need to stretch, the yoga strap can act as an extension of your limbs to connect the lower half of the body to the upper in certain poses and stretches that can be done.
Restorative Yoga And The Nervous System
The greatest benefit of restorative yoga is for the nervous system. As we mentioned earlier, this practice helps us to activate our parasympathetic system. The parasympathetic system is a branch of the autonomic nervous system which controls functions such as an individual’s heart rate. While a certain amount of stress can be healthy, when the body is overcome with stress, it can begin to create an imbalance in our bodies that can lead to the possibility of hormonal imbalance, poor digestion, and fertility issues in women down the line.
By connecting with our parasympathetic system, we can strengthen our ability to navigate through times of stress and relaxation. This type of yoga can reduce the manufacturing of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. The less of these hormones that are produced, the better it is for our immune system.
Schedule A Restorative Yoga Session
Are you ready to start your journey through restorative yoga? Here at the Yogi Perogi, we offer restorative yoga classes that are a great way to integrate a gentle practice into your routine.
We are ONLINE. Now you can practice with the Yogi Perogi anytime in the comfort of your own home! We have an online membership that will give you access to classes of various lengths, styles, and instructors. We will continue to add fresh content weekly. We also currently have Live Streamed classes. The live classes will connect you to play through an app called Zoom. If you do not have it, we recommend downloading first, so you don’t have to scramble to download it before a class. You cannot access classes directly through Zoom. You need to join classes through our Namastream platform.
We will also slowly add classes and drills/tips on our YouTube channel for you to take at your convenience at this time. Please be sure to check back frequently for any additions/changes to our schedule. You should also create an account with our Online platform with Namastream if you are interested in taking our online classes.