What is Restorative Yoga?
A whole load of lying down?
But it's so much more than that too...
Restorative yoga is a 'Yin' based energy practice that is all about slowing down and allowing your body to relax through passive stretching. A typical restorative class would consist of just a few postures, supported completely by props and held for long period of time in which the body totally relaxes.
The majority of contemporary yoga classes involve an active or 'Yang' based energy practice, to energise and enliven the body. These typically flow from pose to pose, building heat and increasing your strength and flexibility in union with the breath.
The general trend in yoga nowadays is toward more athletic and acrobatic styles of practice, which do have their place. However Yoga is about finding balance, harmony and peace. Making space and time for yourself and exercising compassion. Restorative Yoga can be a wonderful balance to your usual active practice in order to allow the body some time to be completely nurtured and relaxed.
During the long holds of restorative yoga your body is encouraged to relax deeply and completely. It's a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body. Restorative classes are very soft and gentle, making them a good compliment to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.
Restorative yoga can be an excellent way to relieve stress and enjoy long, meditative releases. Consider joining one of our classes to get a feel for the general pace and energy level before taking it home to your mat.
Have patience and enjoy the stillness of your body and mind - it can take some getting used to but the benefits are endless and you'll feel amazing after!