You may wonder why we should include restorative yoga into our yoga practices. If we are not increasing flexibility, strength or endurance, why should it be a part of our yoga practice? The answer to this question is that we spend most of our lives in a heightened state of stress, which we call a sympathetic nervous system site. In our hectic lives, we have to receive a lot of information constantly through our surroundings.
This makes our minds and bodies inflamed with a lot of accumulation of stress and tension. Thus this accumulation causes many psychotic and physiological diseases in our bodies. So when you come to a practice like this where you are not trying to get into a posture or not trying to stretch but just getting into a deep state of relaxation. This process activates the parasympathetic site of the nervous system. Science is now showing us that the more we spend time on the nervous system’s parasympathetic side, the fewer chances areas less to catch heart diseases or cancer.
Benefits of Restorative yoga:
The purpose of restorative yoga is to drop you into a deep state of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. You’re not trying to stretch anything and inside of the body. You may close your eyes as you may put a blanket over the body as you warm yourself, and you settle in your shift to what’s called the parasympathetic side of the nervous system. Restorative yoga practice has a lot of mental and physical benefits. Most of the benefits are the same as the benefits of other forms of yoga. Here are some of the main benefits of restorative yoga.
Relaxes the mind and the body:
In restorative yoga we breathe deeply, which calms the nervous system and causes relaxation to the mind and the body. A study in 2014 shows that restorative yoga is much more effective in attaining relaxation than regular passive stretching.
By restorative yoga you attain relaxation and feel stress-free. The more stress-free you are, the more are the chances for better sleep. Many different studies showed that many yoga practices, including restorative yoga, help manage sleep problems by increasing melatonin and reducing hyperarousal.
Nervous system soothing:
Restorative yoga helps to shift the balance from your sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. The studies show that the more our nervous system spends time in a parasympathetic state, the less are the chances of heart diseases and cancer.
Causes better and healthy mood:
Researches show that yoga improves the lives of those who are stressed out, anxious or depressed. Restorative yoga helps them to release all the stress and negativity of their body.
Reduces the pain:
Different types of yoga, including restorative yoga, help manage various muscular or skeletal pains in the body.
Safe during pregnancy:
Restorative yoga practice is easy to perform even during the pregnancy because it offers no stretches; hence it is safe during the pregnancy.
Restorative yoga poses:
Here are some of the restorative yoga poses that you will find in any restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga poses are attained with the help of props such as folded blankets, bolsters or blocks. This helps to make the poses gentle and supportive.
This restorative pose is very beneficial for those persons who spend most of their time sitting. This pose can help to elongate your spine and helps to release tension in your shoulder and neck. Further, it helps in the opening of the chest. You will have to use a bolster or two folded blankets under your shoulder and head to make this pose comfortable and relaxed.
This pose provides relief for stress and fatigue, and it gently stretches your hips, spine and shoulder muscles. If the neck and torso are supported, it helps to relieve back and neck pain.
In this pose, you add support to the traditional resting pose by placing a rolled-up blanket or bolster behind your backs of the knees. To cover your body use an additional blanket and place an eye mask over your eyes. This helps in deep relaxation and stress relief.
Legs up the wall pose:
To attain this pose, bring an edge of your mat close to a wall, put three folded blankets a bit away from the wall, and position them horizontally. Bring your butt close to the wall by resting your back on the blaster and opening your legs towards the wall. Put an additional blanket for the support of your spine. This pose helps in getting relief for tired legs and feet and may ease mild backache.
As we see our routine lives, it is getting out of control, and we must try to practice self-care. Restorative yoga can help our bodies and minds attain balance and positive energy; hence, restorative yoga is beneficial for both our body and mind.