Restorative Yoga. Restore with Rachel!
So, what is Restorative Yoga? Restorative Yoga is a practice that allows the yogi/student to deeply relax, restore and disconnect from the stresses of our daily lives. Most poses are done on the ground supported by props which makes this type of yoga makes accessible to a lot of yogis. In most classes there are only 4-6 poses practiced. Poses are held for 5-7 minutes and even longer to allow your body to fully release. In this practice there isn’t any striving. You are surrendering to CALM as you allow your body to soften and rest.
Why do I love this practice? I love Restorative Yoga because it allows me to feel supported and it soothes my system. I am a big fan of self-care and this practice is very gentle and loving to the body, mind and spirit. I immediately feel a weight lifted off my body as I melt into each pose. I love doing this type of yoga practice when I feel run down, stressed or if I haven’t been sleeping well.
What type of props do I need? As I mentioned above, props are needed to fully release into each pose. If doing Restorative Yoga at my yoga space, Sama Tree all props will be provided. For virtual classes you may need: a yoga mat, a yoga bolster, 2 yoga blocks, 2-4 yoga blankets, a yoga strap, and an eye pillow. If you do not have any of these items at home you can try these for substitutions: for a bolster you can use a couch pillow or two bed pillows wrapped in a long towel or pillow case; for yoga blocks you can use coffee (can) canisters or rolled up towels; for yoga blankets you can use throw blankets, twin size blankets or large beach towels; for a yoga strap you can use a neck tie or belt; for an eye pillow you can use a folded washcloth. Don’t let not having the proper props stop you from trying this practice. You will be happy you tried.
What are some of the benefits? Besides feeling supported and calm, Restorative Yoga is known to soothe the nervous system; calm the mind; cultivates body awareness & mindfulness; and helps you rest among many other wonderful things. During stressful times like these with the pandemic, we can all help our immune system by reducing stress and calming the nervous system so our bodies can repair.
View some optional prop variations in my video here on my youtube channel: https://youtu.be/8rmn8z0XYJk
Check my calendar for offerings and register to attend. This month’s class is on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 6:30pm on Zoom. Come zen-out with me. I hope to see you there!