Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga strives to relax the body into deep asana by fully supporting the body in poses with heavy use of props. It is a gentle, restful yoga that is particularly suitable for those who might have lower fitness levels, be rehabilitating from an injury, or just want deep relaxation.

Restorative Yoga poses included supported backbends, inversions, forward bends, and twist poses. This practice included heavy use of props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, chairs, benches, pillows and more. It is key to support yourself adequately so that you can relax. Overdoing a pose can cause discomfort. Once you might the right left of support, a pose might be held for 10 or 20 minutes in order to allow the nervous system time to settle down, relax and rejuvenate the body. Lights are usually dimmed and blankets are provided to prevent the body from becoming cold.

Restorative Yoga comes out of the tradition of Iyengar Yoga. It is based on the asana and style of supporting the body with props created by B.K.S. Iyengar. Although Restorative Yoga is a modern practice, the tradition of using yoga in a gentle way to restore the body to optimum physical health is an ancient practice.