I have to say not overly familiar with the concept of restorative Yoga. Looking forward to learning more about this subject. Have a feeling I may enjoy writing this article more so than normal. Having lower back issues and managing them has been more challenging.
The Yoga classes I have been attending; seem to be more physical than normal. Restorative yoga may be an option for me.
Restorative Yoga What Is It?
A restorative yoga sequence usually includes only five or six poses, assisted by props that permit you to totally loosen and unwind.
The Best if Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward bends, and gentle back bends.
Most restorative exercises are founded on the instructions of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Time Is Of The Essence:
A normal Yoga class may offer a short meditation.
As soon as you start calming the mind and body; feeling somewhat comfortable meditation is over.
Restorative yoga provides you more time to adjust your body in to meditation, this will have far more reaching benefits.
Time is the key in this practice.
In order for the parasympathetic nervous system to get the feeling that you are secure enough to switch off your stress response and turn on your relaxation response, researchers have found that your body and mind need to be at rest.
Your breathing needs to be full and deep for at least 20 minutes.
Normally, restorative exercises can be anywhere from 5–20 minutes or longer.
The more you apply, the simpler it will be for you to stay extended in the pose.
The more you practice the easier it will become.
Learning To Breathe:
Breathing in to the pose lets your body create correct adjustments.
Your body learns to rest comfortably with the help of props.
Full, deep, natural breathing sends information to the parasympathetic nervous system that you are secure, which assists relaxation and the restorative healing potential of the practice.
Find Your Calming Space:
Relaxation is promoted when the space where you practice is as calming as possible.
The space should be inviting, restful, producing an ambience of tranquility. Before you begin, be aware of what props you need for your whole practice.
Having all the props you need before you begin will give you a sense of calmness.
If each sequence is planned with what props are needed in each pose.
This assists in providing a calming environment.
Remembering to be organized will put fewer distractions in to your practice.
To give time to ease in to your postures will be more beneficial in the long run.
Easing In To The Practice:
A nice warm up of Cat – Cow poses with some neck rotations; a simple twist or hip openers are good stretches to begin with.
Keep it simple as we don’t want to unnecessarily activate the body and mind, as to not be able to relax in the poses.
It also assists the muscles to let go of any remaining tension, allows for a more restful breathing, and focus your mind to your body.
Ensure there are no drafts in your room, and have an extra blanket within reach; as you may feel cooler as you progress deeper into relaxation.
Depending on the room temperature in your room you will need to dress accordingly for these conditions as your body will cool when deep in to the poses.
Sound Of Music:
As long as it is not a distraction for you; music will be OK.
Not personally a fan of noise when meditating.
Everyone is different and it will be up to the individual.
Perhaps you are in a class and there is no option.
Providing as it is not too loud maybe some chanting music would be OK.
I have experienced both types of meditation and it can be a matter of how you are feeling on that day.
Driving In The Slow Lane Of Life:
Restorative yoga is a perfect time to switch off from the hectic pursuits of daily life and leave your body and mind in neutral.
It provides an embracing rest from all the chaos of life and assists us in preparing the mind and body for the inward benefits of meditation and deepened awareness.
Working gently through the exercises gives one the opportunity to explore your mind and body at your own pace.
Restorative yoga; may just as well be called “mindful yoga” due to the connection of awareness and self realization of body and mind that comes through the exercises.
Slowing down the movements provides room for a far more spiritual experience of the exercises and the breath.
Awakening of the sensations, the ideas or feelings that appear, or noises in the natural world, can all take on a much more heartfelt moment in the pursuit of the restorative connection to mindfulness.
You will feel more of your surroundings in the world; through your mindfulness experience.
Benefits Of Restorative Yoga:
Restorative yoga assists in easing the physical and mental results of everyday stress, and eases familiar illnesses such as headaches, backaches, anxiety, and insomnia with the help of relaxing poses and deep breathing exercises.
• Deeply invigorates the body
• Focuses the mind
• Assists capacity for healing and balancing
• Balances the parasympathetic nervous and immune system
• Bolsters immunity
• Improves your mood
The real definition of yoga is to discover the connection between body and mind. Restorative yoga will be perfect tool to help you find the balance in your life.
Through the practice of poses, you will discover all that comes with it; flexibility, balance, strength, grace, poise, and a within the moment awakening.
This system produces a mind and body connection that will make one’s life more euphoric.
The enjoyment mentioned here may not be exclusive to restorative yoga, but they are some of the most notable benefits to this type of practice.
If you’ve never considered this type of yoga, this is your chance to do so.
Therefore, your practice should be a focus on physical and mental health.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet