What is restorative yoga?
Restorative yoga poses are those which are suitable for use when there is no need to move from one pose to another. These poses are intended to help patients deal with stress, pain, and other health issues. The poses are used as an alternative to or in addition to traditional forms of yoga such as Hatha Yoga. Some of the common types of restorative yoga include Restorative Flow, Powerhouse, Power Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Mantra.
The purpose of restorative yoga poses is to stimulate the body, relax the mind and spirit and allow the individual to connect with their inner wisdom. The poses are gentle enough not to cause pain, but are deep enough to engage the body and mind. These types of poses can be very soothing and help people relax. The goal of using the poses is to allow the individual to gently unwind and release physical and emotional tension.
Restorative yoga can help people relax and increase flexibility, while relieving stress. Some people have noted that the poses have helped them to lower their blood pressure, lower their stress levels, lower their heart rate, lower their cholesterol, have a more relaxed mental state and have improved circulation and muscle tone. People who practice restorative yoga report feeling better both mentally and physically. Some have stated that they have experienced a decrease in pain and an increase in flexibility.
Restorative yoga uses props to promote natural movement and healing. Restorative yoga poses include gentle, backward twists, facesteps and gently assisted forward bends. Your teacher might point out props to help students get deeper into each pose. Many times, props are not used and the poses are taught “as-is”. This type of yoga is very relaxing and gentle.
I was introduced to restorative yoga poses by a very dear friend who had just started using the techniques in her own practice. These poses are relaxing and peaceful for her, but she also wants her students to feel more powerful and deep. She was able to share her knowledge about the poses with her students, and they were very impressed by the benefits of this type of stretching. The wonderful thing about using props during this type of stretching is that you can adjust them and position them so that you are using your body weight in order to stretch. This ensures that your spine does not feel strained while you are stretching.
One very deep and beneficial pose that you may find in a book like “The Art of Yoga” or from a DVD is savasana. Savasana is a head stand and is designed to relax your nervous system, center your mind, and allow you to slow down and be calm. Another way to imagine this pose is lying on your back with your palms up, gently pressing down into the floor on your back, so that you are placing your hands directly below your heart and contracting in order to bring yourself to a deep and calm state. There are many other poses you can find online or in books, but savasana remains my favorite because it allows you touch your nervous system and calms your breathing.
Seated Cat Cow
Restorative yoga poses are among the basic styles of yoga to assist and promote a healthy body posture. There are many types of restorative yoga. Some include gentler moves such as the seated forward bend or downward dog, while others require more flexibility and balance. In order to practice one or more of these poses, it is important to be aware of how our body is constructed. It is important to be able to relate with our bodies in order to be able to practice the poses correctly and effectively.
We must first understand that Sarasvatrasana and Aida, the main types of restorative yoga poses, are not meant to be used in isolation. They are meant to be combined to create a feeling of harmony, balance and tranquility. Aida, for example, is used when someone needs to quickly get out of breath. This is usually done by inhaling through one nostril and then exhaling through another. The person then focuses both of his or her minds on keeping oxygen flowing throughout the body. The person then exhale and relaxes into the pose.
Sarasvatrasana is the next type of restorative yoga pose. This pose is usually used when a person is suffering from severe pain from a particular joint or from a serious injury. In this pose, the yogi holds a stick or other object in each of his or her hands, then places the object close to the heart just below the ribcage. With this type of pose, the individual is required to maintain the object firmly in place at all times, using only the props to help adjust the position of the object so that it is not too tight or far from the heart.
Supported Bridge Pose
Restorative yoga poses involve gentle, back-to-core twists, supported forward bends and lightly supported bent-over rows. When you first begin a restorative yoga course, your instructor will go around the class instructing different poses to students and helping them go deeper into each pose. Many times students have trouble going deeper because they’re not used to stretching their muscles in specific ways. A good instructor will help students stretch and warm up before they teach restorative yoga poses.
The supported bridge pose is a common pose. The supported bridge pose is performed by sitting flat on the floor with your back straight and your shoulders squared with your knees crossed. Place a hand behind your head and cross your arms over your chest so your hands are forming a straight line from your chin to your elbow. Your hips should be lifted out of your ribcage, until your thigh muscles contract. Slowly expand your torso by stretching your spine and squeezing your glutes and hamstrings.
Restorative yoga poses include bending your knees and leaning back as much as you can while holding onto props. This is similar to doing a hamstring’s release, but instead of leaning into your hamstrings, you use your thighs to perform the contraction. For example, if you’re sitting and stretching, your legs can be bent at the knee and held up by using a block or a chair. To lunge, you can prop your feet on a chair or block.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose
The first restorative yoga poses that you should practice are the reclining, standing and walking Restorative Yoga Poses. These poses are great for those who want to slow down their mind and body. When practicing Restorative Yoga, your primary goal should be to relax the body by deep breathing and relaxing the mind. This will decrease stress, tension and increase your focus, clarity and energy.
The second set of Restorative Yoga poses that you can practice are the Sun Salutation, Standing Forward Bend, Backward Bow, Overhead Squat and diamonds. These poses create a relaxed and comfortable environment for sitting, standing, and moving through the practice. During the Sun Salutation, simply stand with your feet hip distance apart from each other, place your hands on your hips and stand completely erect. Standing forward, bend your knees and lift your torso up off the ground.
You can also practice the Bow Down Twists, Sacrum Stretch and Wall Twist as restorative yoga poses. The diamond pose is done by positioning your hands on the floor in front of you and then raise your arms straight out towards the ceiling. In the bow down twist, bring one arm across your body and the other straight over your head. The sacrum stretch requires you to position your hands flat on the floor with your legs straight. Next, bend your knees and place your hands on your hips. To do a wall twist, place both hands on the floor and twist your body to the side, lifting your buttocks off of the floor.
Thread The Needle Pose
Restorative yoga poses are gentle, back-pain relief moves. Many people who have experienced yoga find that this type of exercise works well to relieve pain and improve the quality of their life. If you’re new to yoga, there are many beginner classes available. Restorative yoga is practiced with a class, or individually, depending on how much or how little pain you’re feeling. The basic movements used in restorative yoga are a series of poses that combine breath control, physical stretching, and meditation.
Restorative yoga poses utilize gentle, subtle twists and stretches that encourage proper muscle function. Your yoga teacher will likely go through the class to adjust poses according to your particular pain, and show you how to move comfortably in various ways so that you can maximize the benefits of your poses. This will allow you to see how your body can move naturally in ways that it doesn’t normally do. If you have joint or muscle problems, this is a great way to get started with your yoga practice.
One of the most common parts of a restorative yoga poses is the needle pose, also known as the cross-leg stretch. The basic idea behind this stretch is to stretch out long, stiff muscles that are located in the hips, legs, and upper back. The best thing about the needle position is that you can do it even if your muscles aren’t tight. You can always break the stretch by stretching the stretched muscles a little. You can then do other stretches in between to really work the muscles and relieve any tension.