What is Restorative Yoga Anyway?

So now that we’ve explored a little about Reiki, I thought we’d spend some time exploring Restorative Yoga, which is a practice that is very dear to me.  Restorative Yoga is a physical practice of yoga where we place the body in mostly reclining positions and support it with yoga props like blocks and blankets to facilitate opening with the least amount of effort.

Unlike active asana (yoga positions) practices, where we use muscular energy to position the body – to build strength and flexibility – restorative yoga is a very passive, introspective and meditative practice. By placing the supports very specifically, we allow the bones and muscles to be relieved of their work of supporting and moving us through space.  Plus, we can choose how to place the supports depending on what areas of the body we want to open and stimulate or quiet and calm.  We use the breath to help the body let go of stress more easily and to help quiet the mind.

Since we spend the bulk of our days working, running errands, taking care of our families, and maybe even exercising, restorative yoga invites us to pause and consciously choose stillness as a way to restore our bodies, minds and spirits. It’s through this restful practice that we recharge our batteries.

I love to practice and teach Restorative Yoga, as I find that we all need time to be still and quiet – super hard in the fast-paced 21st century! I’ve found, as have my students, that by taking the time to rest and let the body be supported, we feel calmer, more peaceful, and more present in our lives.  Restorative Yoga truly is the practice of being, not doing.
 
3 FREE Reiki and Restorative Yoga practices that include breathing and meditation are coming your way.  They are designed to help you reduce stress, rebalance, and center yourself so that you can experience first-hand the benefits of these powerful healing practices and move toward living with more ease and balance.
 
   
 
Peace, Love, and Bliss,
 
Beth

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