Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing style of yoga. It is a receptive practice rather than an active practice. You are completely supported in a shape to receive the benefits, through props. Because it is such a supportive practice, restorative yoga is accessible to everyone, especially those with limitations or injuries.
The repetition of everyday life in both physical and nonphysical ways can send our bodies out of alignment. Active people create imbalances in their bodies from over use, and inactive people create imbalances from years of not using certain areas of their body. Regardless of whether our limitations are created by an active or inactive lifestyle, both imbalances create tension and stiffness in the body, which can eventually lead to injury. Restorative yoga is an accessible practice for all and is used as a tool to "restore" the body back to balance.
Chair Forward Fold
Time: 3 minutes
Props: Chair. Rest arms and upper body on the seat of the chair.
- Calms the mind and relieves stress. Helps with mild depression and anxiety and soothes headaches.
- Stimulates organs such as the kidneys, liver, and digestive organs, which improves digestion.
- Relieves symptoms of menstruation and menopause.
- Therapeutic for insomnia, infertility, and high blood pressure