Restorative Yoga is an Iyengar styled class that vitalizes the body by increasing circulation to the organs and calming the nervous system. Restorative classes are an excellent way to balance out the stress of modern life. Students of every level can benefit from a calmer nervous system, and the gradual deep opening of the body that this style of Yoga provides.
Props are often used to add support, to facilitate a longer release into the pose and to allow for a deeper relaxation. Restorative yoga poses can be held anywhere from 1 minute to 10-15 minutes. The main challenge in restorative yoga can be getting the mind to quiet and to find release in your muscles. Restorative yoga is a great way to practice listening to your body and confronting the sticky points where you store stress and tension.
Restorative yoga is great to practice in the evening to help you feel well rested and ready for bed, or when you need some extra nourishment and healing. Restorative yoga classes are also a great option on off days for tri-athletes and distance runners who are prone to knee injuries and tightness in the hips. We know runners that have attributed their injury free Marathon experience to a weekly 1 hour restorative class on Sundays after their long run.
Ready to get started? Try this beginner level restorative class today!
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