By Arati Warty
Restorative yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is enjoyable for those with a vigorous asana practice and for those who have never practiced yoga before. It provides relief to students with chronic injuries that usually cause discomfort doing day-to-day chores.
This gentle yoga practice empowers you to feel better even during stressful times.
Yoga philosophy teaches us Ahimsa (non-harming)- being gentle to ourselves and others. The restorative yoga embodies the essence of this philosophy.
Sometimes we get so involved in our lives that we don’t even remember how it feels to be relaxed! If you need to learn to relax and let go, try restorative yoga class to renew and rejuvenate your energy.
Each restorative class at Himalayan Institute offers a series of restful and therapeutic poses which are carefully designed to rest your nervous system and balance the harmony between body and mind. So that you can rest deeply.
Props like blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, sand bags and eye pillows are used to make each pose easier for the body to surrender. Each pose is held from 5-20 minutes with breath awareness. These techniques allow you to feel better- restful yoga for stressful mind.
My teacher Judith Lasater writes in her restorative yoga book-
“I often refer to restorative yoga posses as “active relaxation”
Some poses have overall benefits while others target an individual part such as lungs, heart, back, knees, legs, hands, shoulders, wrists.
So de-tress your life by making plans to join this journey of relaxation and rejuvenation of body and mind.
Yoga is a practice of observation and faith
“Living your Yoga-Today’s practice is to do one thing at a time:
Turn off the car radio and drive; talk on the phone without working on the computer; eat without watching television.
Notice that when you pay attention, you can enjoy what you are doing in life-much more.”
From A Year of Living Your Yoga- Judith Lasater.