Restorative Yoga

Stonehenge Savasana Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga Stonehenge Savasana, Photo: (c) Elena Flux

Restorative Yoga is a practice that will help you rebalance and restore in today’s exhausting and time-pressured world. We know from countless studies how stress takes a toll on body, mind and spirit.

It is often in the absence of Rest that one’s physical health, emotional balance and mental clarity is affected. Learning to rest is a skill you do not want to miss in your life.

Yoga Savasana

In Restorative Yoga, we learn how to rest deeply by consciously, reducing inputs from the outside world. We work with the autonomic nervous system, moving it from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance. By shifting the nervous system, we shift our perspective on things, opening up to a healthier and more balanced experience of life.

We need to maintain a healthy balance between these two systems. Both system coexist and it is only when we have sympathetic or parasympathetic dominance when we experience stress or relaxation and rest respectively.

Bodily sensations during practice point us towards awareness – with practice we move from thinking to awareness, we connect to the present moment. Being in the present moment is essential for a healthy relationship towards ourselves and others.

We are retraining our mind to stay with the body, strengthening our mindfulness of body, developing its natural innate stability.

In Restorative Yoga we slow down, the body moves into a state where rest and rejuvenation happens. Health and vitality is restored within the systems of the body, that need time to regulate in order to function well, for example the:

  • Digestive system
  • Respiratory system
  • Immune system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Endocrine system

It is not only about physical, but also emotional and mental relaxation. In Restorative Yoga, we emphasize being rather than doing. Our bodies know how to relax. It already has that innate ability to relax deeply and heal itself. Restorative Yoga is about giving our bodies time and creating the conditions for relaxation and healing to occur.

The need for Restorative Yoga is great in today’s exhausting and time pressured world. We all need a few minutes a day to disconnect ourselves and rest in silence.

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