How often do we take the time to rest deeply without sleeping? We lead busy lives. Stress is no longer something we experience only at times of major life events (like marriage or divorce, loss or change of job, moving, or the death of a loved one). The ever-increasing demands on our time and non-stop busy-ness of our daily lives can mean that our bodies and minds are in high alert mode much of the time. The effects of our stressful lives can lead to a decrease in health and overall well being.
"Learning to relax is at the heart of living well"
Any hatha yoga practice might conclude with a period of rest in order to allow the body and mind to assimilate the beneficial effects of the practice. In a dedicated Restorative Yoga class, we are actively at rest for the entire practice. We use yoga props to fully support the body so that we can surrender all effort, find stillness, and release tension we may not even be aware that we are holding in the body. As we continue to practice, the breath will lengthen and the mind will calm, too.
Other benefits include an increase in energy, lower blood pressure and blood glucose levels, improved digestion, better sleep, and weight loss.
Props might be used to "prop" or support the body in any yoga practice. They are especially important in Restorative Yoga.
In this photo, the student is using a rectangular bolster and a yoga blanket for a supported spinal twist.
In this photo, you can see how we use a block to elevate one end of a bolster for a fully supported child's pose.
We might also use eye pillows, round bolsters, straps and chairs during class, and we often use the wall. Occasionally we will assist each other in partner poses.
During a private session, we will discuss what would best serve your needs and put together a personalized routine for you making use of what you have available - sofa coushions, books, belts, pillows, chairs, etc. Please visit my Private Sessions page for rates and more information.