Restorative Yoga props up the body with blocks, blankets, belts, straps or even chairs so that you can go deep into poses for extended periods of time – without risk of injury. This type of yoga is slow paced and ideal for helping to recover from injury, illness or stress. Restorative Yoga helps bring the body back to health, reduce stress and find a more blissful state – think of it as ‘active relaxation.’ When the body is supported by physical props, it’s easier to move toward balance.
Students come to a restorative yoga class to let go of the stresses of everyday life—including the need to do things right and the constant pressure to improve or to achieve. The teacher who understands that motivation can provide a yoga practice that goes well beyond a few relaxing stretches and gives students permission to truly let go.
- Support Creates Release -
The guiding principle of restorative yoga is that support creates release. Every pose is a variation on that theme, and the aim of each pose is the same: relaxation. The most obvious feature of a restorative yoga class is the array of props: blankets, bolsters and blocks support the body to release muscular tension. Equally important, though less obvious, is the teacher’s skill in creating an atmosphere that encourages students to let go of mental stress.