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Support Healing with Restorative Yoga

Support Healing with Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga provides healing for body and mind. It is the perfect practice to rejuvenate tired limbs and a great antidote to a busy lifestyle. It helps in the recovery from illness and is a great tool to deal with emotional difficulties, anxiety and depression.

By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, you take automatic control of the body. Allowing the regular nervous system to rest and the muscles to become more relaxed. A regular practice will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimum health.

Restorative yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, who is acknowledged as one of the great yoga masters. He advised his students to make use of props to perfect poses as it is easier to maintain balance. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts such as the lungs, kidneys or adrenals.

Before you start working on your restorative poses, do a warm-up, a sun salutation is a great way to get going. Each restorative yoga pose is held for a few minutes. Some poses include:

  • Legs against Wall – Performed with bolster under your legs, hips or back.This pose is known as the great rejuvenator pose. It neutralises the body so when your tired it helps to boost your energy and grounds your energy bringing you down to earth. This pose nourishes the nervous system and rejuvenates the circulatory system. Watch this great tutorial from Lisa.

  • Child’s Pose – Tuck your heels under your hips and cradle a bolster or pillow with your upper body. It’s used in class as a resting pose in between other poses. Perfect to release the shoulders, chest, hips and lower back. It lengthens and stretches the spine, calms the mind and alleviates stress and anxiety.

Join me on Sunday 3rd July for my Restorative Yoga Workshop, where you will experience a deeply relaxing, meditative practice. You’ll leave with some easy tips to relax and unwind at home.

About the author: Sophia Pallaro

Sophia Pallaro

Sophia is a qualified Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing Yoga since 2006 and has been involved with meditation for the last 10 years. While practicing various forms of meditation, she discovered the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation and its direct connection to the body. Yoga, and its endless benefits, was the next step on her path. Sophia completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Elbowroom under the guide of Lisa Wilkinson, Tanya Fitzpatrick and Marianne Jacuzzi. In her yoga practice Sophia likes to explore a variety of styles from gentle to more vigorous, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative. She has a particular interest in anatomy and its relationship with the mind, and sees Yoga as a wonderful transformational process both on and off the mat. Her teaching style is open and friendly. She values guiding her students into the discovery of body and mind self-awareness in a down to earth manner, making Yoga accessible to everyone. Sophia’s teaching places emphases on a deep connection with the breath, stillness and clarity of the mind, strength, balance and a mindful flow of movement. Her classes include asanas (practice of postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and dhyana (meditation).

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.