What is restorative yoga?

You might have heard or read about restorative yoga, a form of yoga which is very much in vogue at present. But what does this type of yoga practice involve? And how exactly is it beneficial?

In this blog, we explain what restorative yoga is all about.

What is restorative yoga?

Restorative yoga is a low-energy, high-relaxation form of yoga which aims to ‘open up’ the muscles with the practice of long, passive stretches. Restorative yoga typically makes use of several props in its exercises, offering support which allows the muscles to relax more deeply, and taking pressure off the body.

In contrast to the fast and energetic yoga sessions which are practised today, restorative yoga places an emphasis on a mellow atmosphere and laid-back pace. Through the very deliberate long holds which restorative yoga promotes, the muscles can achieve optimum relaxation, and the mind is also able to find peace. For this reason, restorative yoga is seen as a great ‘stress buster’!

Which poses are used in restorative yoga?

‘Legs up the wall’, also known as viparita karani, is recognised as a classic restorative yoga pose. In this pose, the back is supported by the floor, and the legs by the wall, offering a high level of support which can relax the muscles and also promote blood circulation. Another popular restorative yoga pose is the seated forward bend, or paschimottanasana, which sees the practitioner lean forward in a seated position on the floor, holding their feet or touching their toes. Restorative yoga uses folded blankets to fully support the torso during this pose, offering added relaxation.

What are the benefits of restorative yoga?

Restorative yoga places an emphasis on relaxation, rather than building strength. So if you are already a regular gym goer or sports person who wishes to practice a type of yoga with the primary purpose of assisting recovery, restorative yoga could be for you. Alternatively, if you are seeking a ‘chilled out’ form of yoga which has the ability to provide maximum relaxation and minimum complication, restorative yoga is also a good option.

Are you looking for restorative yoga in Tonbridge or surrounding areas? The Mind Body Clinic offers restorative yoga classes which benefit from small group sizes and the guidance of experienced teachers. Call us on 01732 441 008 for more information.

Please note that The Mind Body Clinic has produced this article for the purposes of providing information on restorative yoga. This article is not intended to offer medical advice. Restorative yoga participants must provide their full consent before undertaking a class, confirming that they understand any risks associated with the activity.

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