This week in class we will be focusing on restorative yoga, a deeply serene and quiet practice which restores health and strength and gives a sense of harmony and stability to the mind and body. Poses are held for longer and are often supported by blocks, blankets, bolsters assisting the movement, alignment and extension of the body. The practitioner is able to fully let go in a relaxed manner (effortless effort) leading to a state where deep benefits can be received. The asanas are often arranged with the head the same level as the heart or the head below the heart which invites a quiet and calm state into the body and mind.
During a restorative practice, as the student becomes more experienced, they learn to quietly withdraw the sense organs and observe the subtleties in the body and mind. In an Iyengar session a restorative practice can sometimes lead onto pranayama (breath work or observation of the breath) as the body and mind have been prepared for a deeper state. According to BKS Iyengar this practice “creates space inside the body and flushes out the impediments and clears the energy blocks and nervous system”. The beauty of a restorative practice is that is open to all.
The benefits of restorative yoga:
• Helps to assist the healing of the body after illness by improving recovery time
• Helps those with postural problems, or physical disabilities by correcting misalignments
• Improves vitality by removing fatigue
• Restores strength
• Helps with pain management
• Improves sleep quality
• Calms the nervous system
• Gives a sense of relaxation, peace and well-being
• Connects the mind, body and spirit and helps to develop self-awareness
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I am Adrienne Bagnall -Iyengar yoga teacher, therapist , movement teacher and energy worker. Hope you enjoy my website and blog.