10 Reasons to Practice Restorative Yoga

 

Sometimes you’ve just got to slow everything right down.

When your life is racing full-speed ahead, so is your mind. Restorative yoga helps provide that physical and mental balance to prevent stress and anxiety, through the use of props that allow you to hold poses longer, giving you all the benefits of deep, passive stretching.

Here are some wonderful reasons to take a chance on trying a Restorative Yoga class. Have a look and consider the benefits of this nourishing yoga practice.

1. Benefit from Full and Deep Stretches

Think you have to “work” to give your body benefit? Not necessarily.  True, an active practice is fabulous, but there’s only so long that you can stay in an intense backbend! In reality, long, supported poses help your body to fully engage, soften, and allow the precise positioning to work its magic.

2. Enhance Flexibility

All forms of yoga help make you bendier, but regular use of restorative poses leads you more quickly to this nirvana.  It is important to note though, that Restorative yoga is not class with an end goal in mind- like being able to touch your toes after 10 sessions. The only goal is to explore what happens when you release the tension your body habitually holds.

3. Find out Where You Hold Your Stress

Restorative poses give you the opportunity to notice where you hold tension. Once you come to this realization, you can make small changes in your everyday life to reduce the stress and tension you allow to build up in your body.

4. Boost Your Immune System

A regular Restorative yoga practice helps to improve your immune system!

5. Balance Your Nervous System

Restorative practice engages your nervous system and takes your body into a state that allows for renewal and rejuvenation. Benefits include optimizing energy flow to the organs, tissue renewal, and reduced “fight or flight” response.

6. Quiet Your Mind

Restorative yoga can be a calming hug for your overstimulated mind. It’s important to be patient; just because your body is resting doesn’t mean your mind will automatically grow silent.  Over time, you will learn how to drop into a place of stillness and be content peacefully basking in the present moment.

7. Recover from Illness

We all need rest, whether or not you’re recovering from muscle strain, a broken bone, a bad bout of flu, or a chronic illness. Just because you’re not practicing more “active” asanas doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from yoga’s healing powers.  Restorative yoga allows you to practice when your energy is low and your body is building strength.

8. Heal Emotional Pain

Just as you need to build physical strength after illness, you need to heal emotional injuries. Restorative poses offer soothing care for when you are processing the loss of a loved one or a relationship, coming to terms with a change in your life, or dealing with depression or anxiety.

9. Create Healthy patterns

Muscles have memory.  The brain is a muscle.  When you do good things for yourself, you brain begins to get in the habit of craving those good things!

10.  You Will just feel better!

When practiced regularly, Restorative yoga is a nourishing and life-enhancing practice.  Won’t you join us for our next class? Consider joining us to rest & restore this winter.

Restorative Yoga  at Bliss Yoga Studio:

January 6th to March 6th

Mondays: 7:30pm-8:45pm

Fridays: 9:30am-10:45am