What is Restorative Yoga?
In a typical 60 to 90-minute restorative yoga class, you will find yourself in about five to six poses. In each pose you will be supported by props and they are usually held for 5 minutes or longer.
The primary intention of any restorative class is to help you relax and let go so you can heal your body and mind.
Benefits of Restorative Yoga
Some of the benefits of a restorative practice include…
- Helps slow down the pace of life.
- Expands your awareness of your physical body.
- Creates a more mindful way of living.
- Has a calming effect on the nervous system.
- Helps you feel safe and nurtured.
- Is an amazing tool for self-transformation.
- And so much more.
Getting the Most out of Restorative Yoga
Let’s face it, there are a variety of different benefits that restorative yoga has to offer. That’s why you’ll be glad to know that there are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of your practice.
First of all, the more you practice restorative yoga the more you’ll find yourself dropping into deeper states of relaxation.
You’ll also be glad to know that restorative yoga can help you begin to get a better understanding of the spiritual principles of life.
But that’s just part of the story.
What to Expect in a Restorative Yoga Class
When you first start your practice, you might begin to notice how much your mind wanders and your body wants to move. And that’s perfectly okay.
Allowing yourself to just breathe and be okay with the thoughts and sensations floating around the body and mind is part of the practice. The good news is when you can allow yourself to just be still in those moments the more you will begin to allow the body to realize that you are safe and protected just as you are. And that’s when the healing begins.
What’s more, focusing on your breath and truly practicing the breathing exercises offered to you in a restorative yoga class is going to have a profound effect on your practice.
Believe it or not, breathing in and out in a deep and steady way, leads to deeper states of relaxation. Of course, when you experience the benefits for yourself on your yoga mat. The easier it becomes for you to incorporate in your everyday life as well.
Last but not least, when it comes to a restorative yoga class it needs to be simple. The intention of restorative yoga is to intentionally release and let go of any effort or strain. And that means the poses are going to be simple and easeful. Get as comfortable as possible and remember to breathe and the practice will provide you with profound insights and so much more.