At this point in the A to Z Blog Challenge, some of you may feel tired, worn out, depleted - as though you are pushing yourself, through sheer willpower, to finish the last leg of a marathon. If so, today's post is for YOU! I'm going to tell you a little bit about Restorative Yoga, and even show you an easy and restful pose that you can do at home.
Restorative Yoga is my area of specialization as a yoga teacher, and it is very different from our active yoga practice. Yoga is like everything else in life - we need to balance the periods of powerful, active strength-and-flexibility-building practice with periods of passive practice in which we allow our bodies to rest, to relax, to restore. Sound good so far? Well, keep reading ....
What is Restorative Yoga?
In Restorative Yoga, we place the body in comfortable supported positions that are completely passive. The goal is to reach a deep state of relaxation and rest, enabling both body and mind to heal.
What are the Benefits of Restorative Yoga?
The deep level of relaxation achieved through the poses has been shown to lower blood pressure, to soothe and aid digestion, to reduce muscle tension, fatigue and insomnia and to relieve stress.
Legs up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
Lay a blanket on the floor, snuggle your hips close to the wall and swing your legs up. It can also feel nice to place a neatly folded blanket under the hips for elevation, but not if it makes your back feel "archy."