Give your mind and body a break from the everyday hustle of life. Through restorative yoga, you can identify and release the physical, mental, and emotional tensions of your life through a mindful, peaceful, and relaxing practice. Over time, you’ll learn to activate the relaxation response in your body so you can feel refreshed and renewed - ready for whatever this life has in store for you.
Identify and Release Tension
Each of us holds tension in our bodies in different ways. Through restorative yoga, you can take the time to identify these areas so you can begin to physically, mentally, and emotionally release it. While many believe restorative classes to be the easiest form of yoga, as you advance in your practice, you’ll learn the increasing value of this practice, and how it enables you to more simply and firmly let go of tension in your life.
The Relaxation Response
The busier and more hectic your life, the more likely you are to be in a persistent state of fight or flight mode. When this happens, your body has a great deal of difficulty activating the relaxation response - a physiological process where blood pressure, heart rate, digestive functioning, and hormonal levels return to their normal state. Through restorative yoga, you can transition your mind and body into this state of being - allowing yourself to heal and be stronger for what life throws at you next.
Frequently Asked Questions
I HAVE AN INJURY AND YOGA WAS RECOMMENDED AS PART OF MY RECOVERY. SHOULD I START WITH Restorative yoga?
Yes! Restorative yoga is the go-to practice for those coming back from injury. Be sure to arrive to class early and speak with your instructor about your injury and recovery timeline. While restorative is the best form of yoga to practice after an injury, there will be some poses that you may need to skip or modify to accommodate your body’s temporary limitations. Once you’ve recovered from your injury, it’s wise to keep restorative yoga in your regular exercise routine to help you avoid injuries in the future.
HOW IS YIN YOGA DIFFERENT FROM RESTORATIVE YOGA AND VICE VERSA?
While there is some crossover between the two, yin yoga is a more intense practice because it is designed to deeply stretch both muscle and connective tissues in the body. Through yin yoga, additional space can be created in the body, leading to improved range of motion and resilience in more active exercise forms.
Restorative yoga, on the other hand, is aimed at activating the relaxation response to bring awareness to tension stores in the body so you can release them more effectively. While some poses are similar between yin and restorative, the depth of these poses is different. Yin demands strain in the body whereas restorative is more relaxed.
Is restorative yoga right for beginners?
Yes. Restorative yoga is a great place to begin your yoga practice, as it will begin opening your body and mind to the yogic experience. You’ll learn to use a number of props that may include a blanket, blocks, bolster, eye pillow, or straps. In addition, poses are held for long periods of time so you can listen to your body, identify tensions points, and begin to release them.
Will I lose weight with restorative yoga?
No. Restorative yoga is a quiet practice designed to relax the body and mind rather than stress or strain it. If you’re looking for calorie burning classes, there are plenty of other options including slow flow, yoga flow, or any of our group fitness classes.