Restorative Yoga is a delightful practice that enables the students to learn about the seven types of rest: physical, creative, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, and mental. By practicing relaxation, the stillness of the body and mind, meditation, and breathing techniques, the student allows healing and restoration to take place.
Restorative Yoga is helpful for anyone dealing with daily stress. It is highly recommended for those dealing with chronic stress and its devastating effects, such as anxiety, depression, sleep problems, lack of concentration, recovering from addiction, etc.
According to Judith Hanson Lasater: “…during deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of the blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue. When you stop agitating it, the body starts to repair itself.”
In general, the benefits of Restorative Yoga are:
• Decreases cortisol, the stress hormone
• Improves sleep, digestion, and immunity
• Releases tension in joints and muscles
• Teaches conscious control of relaxation
• Increases concentration and improves focus
• Creates balance within the nervous system
• Activates relaxation response
• Gateway to Mindfulness