The main 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: muscle release and deep relaxation. Props, such as blankets, bolsters and yoga blocks, are used in order to allow the body to be in the most comfortable, supported position.
Restorative Yoga classes tend to be relaxing and slow paced, with a whole sequence using as few as five or six postures which are held for anywhere from 5 - 20 minutes.
Restorative Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate, aids in regulation of blood pressure and relaxes the body. As such, Restorative yoga is considered particularly beneficial for those suffering from anxiety, insomnia or headaches, as well as other stress-related conditions. Restorative yoga is believed to boost the immune system and accelerate the body's natural healing process.
Restorative Yoga is considered an ideal balance to hectic and stressful modern lifestyles.
I am now combining Restorative Yoga with Reiki and will be offering private or semi-private classes very soon.