Discover the Benefits of Restorative Yin Yoga
Welcome, I’m Danielle, qualified Reiki Practitioner and Restorative Yin Yoga Therapist in Adelaide, South Australia.
Restorative Yoga Therapy is something of an enigma and when I speak with people about it I often find there’s some confusion about what it is and how it can enhance our wellbeing on a number of levels. Join me on a fact-finding journey as I delve into the benefits of Restorative Yin Yoga.
Slowing down in this fast-paced society can be hard, if not impossible. If you’re not “doing” something, you’re wasting time.
In steps the enigma of Restorative yoga. At first practice, it seems you’re not doing much but lying on your mat in what feels like a supervised naptime. However, doing nothing in this way provides essential healing to your muscles, your nervous system and your psyche.
Restorative yoga balances out a high-energy lifestyle and helps prevent over-stimulation, which can lead to burn out and health problems.
No regulations exist for Restorative yoga, but it generally describes a practice that focuses mostly on seated and reclined postures supported with props, such as bolsters (yoga pillows), blankets and blocks. The intention is for you, as a practitioner, to feel completely comfortable and not distracted by physical sensations. You’ll focus on breathing, mild stretching and completely surrendering to downtime. In an hour-long practice, you’ll visit only a few postures — holding the ones you do perform for several minutes at a time.
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My very first class left me feeling like a new woman. The studio had a womblike vibe, with soft music and dimmed lighting. After being led through moves that involved resting my belly on a cylindrical bolster in child’s pose and hugging a bolster in a fetal position, I emerged feeling like the tension in my butt and body had melted away and the worry loop in my mind had paused. For the next six months, I was a regular at that class. Over the years, I popped into a session whenever I needed a tune-up.
“Restorative practice works because you’re restoring your muscle and brain function,” explains Roger Cole, PhD, a certified yoga instructor based in Del Mar, California, who trains teachers in this style. As class starts, most people are a little twitchy, but after about 15 minutes, there’s a shift, explains yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, author of eight books on yoga. “You have no ambition to move or curiosity about the sounds that occur outside you,” she says. This deep relaxation and inward attention is known in yoga texts as pratyahara—a conscious withdrawal from the senses. “That’s the state where you’re resting in your true self,” she says.
Health Benefits of Restorative Yoga
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Restorative postures, which are often supported by blocks, blankets, bolsters, and other props, are designed to maximize comfort and allow practitioners to fully let go, which is why they are typically held longer—about 5 to 2o minutes. They are also arranged with the head below or near the same level as the heart, which helps to stimulate reflexes that quiet the brain and heart. To many frazzled Western yogis, minimizing effort can feel counterintuitive, but there are real benefits to what may seem like doing very little.
Yoga has long been shown to decrease the stress hormone cortisol, which, in elevated levels, is associated with weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart disease. And a few small studies on restorative practices specifically have shown that it can do the same, and may also help cancer patients fight depression and fatigue. Teachers of the practice witness even deeper benefits from slowing down. For example, Cole’s students often report better sleep for as many as three nights after a class. “Restorative yoga and sleep complement one another,” he says.
Restorative yoga is in fact better than sleep for releasing tense muscles, relieving joint aches, and transitioning the mind and body quickly from stress to calm, says Cole. He continues: “It also teaches conscious control of relaxation. Sleep is essential for completing the job of full recovery of the nervous system, sorting out memories and emotions, and literally finding meaning in our lives.” In addition to an immediate calming effect, some of Cole’s regular restorative practitioners also notice improved powers of attention and concentration. But the most powerful health benefits of yoga may be harder to measure.
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