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.
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.