Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body.
Modern restorative yoga is derived from a yoga method that was invented by B.K.S. Iyengar, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest yoga masters in the world. Iyengar instructed his students to make use of props to perfect their poses, and his teachings became known as Iyengar Yoga, which provided the foundation for the development of restorative yoga. Later on, one of Iyengar’s students, Judith Lasater, made restorative yoga a popular form of yoga around the world.
Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved.
It will boost your immune system, balance your nervous system and quiet your mind.
Also, if you want to benefit from meditation and you’re not sure how to start or how to continue, restorative yoga provides a bridge between familiar poses and the practice of meditation
Many restorative yoga poses are similar to normal yoga poses, except that they are performed with the support of props such as belts, bolsters, blocks, chairs, sandbags etc. Finally, each restorative yoga pose has to be held for a few minutes, and it can even be as long as 5 to 15 minutes.
So, make sure you take a restorative yoga class, let go and ENJOY!