What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga is a contemplative practice that uses props like chairs, blocks, straps, sandbags, bolsters, and blankets to support the body, enabling the release of mind and body tension.
It is a slow-paced practise that works to release deep tension passively, without active stretch. Under the guidance of a qualified and experienced teacher, it is a powerful practice and can help a student restore the body to its normal flexibility and mobility.
Restorative Yoga can be highly beneficial to speed up the body’s healing process after injury or prolonged inactivity. By gently moving the body and supporting it comfortably in various asanas, Restorative Yoga helps to increase blood circulation, detoxification and prevent the formation of excessive scar tissue.
B.K.S Iyengar developed the practice to help people with injuries or illnesses, enabling them to experience the profound healing benefits of Yoga without placing their bodies under too much. Iyengar encouraged the use of props and modified asanas to allow the body to relax into poses. We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to relax. Restorative Yoga poses help to rest deeply and completely.
The practice also helps to relieve chronic stress by providing an environment for total relaxation. Restorative Yoga practice is the antithesis of the “no-pain-no-gain” mentality. Restorative Yoga doesn’t do force. It’s about releasing, surrendering and compassion toward ourselves.