Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of 75 minutes. It is a completely different experience than most contemporary yoga and can help relieve fatigue or chronic stress.
Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a complete beginner, this style of yoga will revive and restore your body, bringing a deeper awareness to your mind body experience.
During the long holds of restorative yoga, however, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It’s a unique feeling because props (bolsters, blocks, blankets) rather than your muscles, are used to support your body. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.
A restorative sequence will include backbends, forward bends, twists and inversions. Legs up the wall (viparita karani) is a classic restorative pose that you might already know. In this case, the wall acts as a prop to support your legs.
By changing the relationship of the legs to gravity, fluids that accumulate in the lower extremities due to sitting and standing all day are returned to the upper body, and heart function is enhanced.
Open to all. No yoga experience required.