Why You Need To Know About Restorative Yoga:

by Carole Bourne

“Restorative yoga is an act of kindness towards yourself” Judith Lasater

Imagine a yoga class that encourages you lie on your back, or at least a bolster ….. most of the time.   A yoga class that supports you no matter what your age or what your body is currently going through – pregnancy, anxiety, recovering from illness, menopause, breathing problems, exams, moving house, deadlines, lack of energy, moon day cycle or changing jobs.

This my friends, is the wonderful world of Restorative Yoga.

A very gentle, therapeutic form of yoga helping you relax with the support of props (blankets, pillows, chairs, bolsters) to move your spine, calm your mind and heal.

You certainly don’t need any previous yoga experience or a flexible body to enjoy the benefits.

And, in case you don’t know Judith Lassater is considered a pioneer and world leading authority on Restorative Yoga.  I feel very blessed to have studied with her when she visits Australia.  Her book I can highly recommend if you are keen to learn and understand more on this wonderful thereputic form of yoga.  It’s called Relax and Renew – Relaxing yoga for stressful times.

Book recommendation “Rest and Renew”

The book is more of a “step by step” guide to over 50 restorative yoga postures.  In fact, the book is written in such a way that you feel like you are learning from Judith in person – whilst still in the comfort of your own home.   It’s easy to follow, lots of well explained instructions, carefully explained steps for setting up in the pose and plenty of photo’s (I personally need lots of photos to learn).

Great chapters on:

* poses for insomnia    * poses for difficulty breathing    * poses for lower back pain    * opening to menopause    * poses during pregnancy    * poses for headaches    * poses for when there is no time and you are super stressed

Restorative yoga at a glance:

1:   Gently opens up areas of your body which tend to close down during stress

2: Your body is fully supported (blankets, bolsters, cushions) requiring little physical effort, creating the space for deep relaxation

3: Restorative yoga postures are generally held for 5 – 20 minutes or longer to trigger the relaxation response

4:   Nourish and calms your adrenals and nervous system

5:  Helps enormously dealing with anxiety and nervousness

6:   Improves blood and oxygen flow throughout your body as your muscles are given permission to relax

7: Boosts the exchange of oxygen & waste products across the cell membrane.

8:   Stimulates and soothes your organs.

9: Gently moves and twists your spine.  A flexible spine is the key to good health.

10: Balances the female/male energies in the body

11: Helps improve your quality of sleep

12: All the organ systems of the body benefit during deep relaxation

13: Inverted postures (such as legs up wall) greatly alter hormone levels, improve blood and lymph flow

14:   Gives you a greater sense of inner calm or inner stillness

If restorative yoga speaks to you, then Relax and Renew – Relaxing yoga for stressful times is the perfect starting point.

There are always times in our life when a softer, gentler style of yoga is what our body and nervous system need. It’s an absolutely perfect practice to do at the end of the day to help us switch off, unwind and integrate the day.

You can buy the book Relax and Renew – Relaxing Yoga For Stressful Times by clicking here:

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