Why Restorative Yoga?
By Amber Renae
One of the most powerful ways to find ease and flow in your life is by adopting a practice rooted in relaxation. The goal can simply be to breathe easier, feel lighter and slow the mind down.
In our busy day to day lives, it can be a challenge to find time to unwind. Many people struggle with falling asleep at night because their nervous system is wound up from their daily tasks. More so in the Western culture, we find that we always need to be “doing” something and dismiss the act to simply “be”. We are human BEings after all!
Adopting a practice to increase balance and harmony doesn’t have to be difficult. A beautiful and powerful tool for relaxing the mind, body and soul is through restorative yoga. Restorative yoga is a gentle, therapeutic and passive style of yoga that activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for the “rest and digest” phase of the body. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system allows for a deeper sense of relaxation, healing and (you guessed it) restoration. The poses in restorative yoga are held for a minimum of 5 minutes to allow the parasympathetic nervous system to turn on. Due to its passive and gentle poses, restorative yoga is accessible to all bodies and all levels. When we allow ample time, space and stillness for the body to hum into its natural rhythm, we allow in healing and harmony.
Some of the benefits can include:
Supta baddha konasana
Materials: 3 pillows or 1 bolster and 2 blocks
Supported Child’s pose
Materials:1 pillow or 1 bolster
Materials: 2 pillows
Tuesday 730-840pm Heather Lynn
Wednesday 6-710pm Amber Jaworski
Friday 12-110pm Gulsim Temirbolatova
Saturday 9-1010am Amber Renae
Sunday 430-540pm Jen Berg