The holidays are wrapping up and a new year is upon us. It’s a great time to slow down and reconnect. If you are craving a respite from the frenetic activity of the season restorative yoga is the ticket. Restorative yoga is an ideal practice for bringing your body and mind back into balance.
The slower pace and deep breathing of a restorative practice soothes the nervous system by activating the parasympathetic nervous system response, also known as rest and digest. When the parasympathetic nervous system is activated it mitigates the effects of the stress response. This level of relaxation creates an environment where healing can occur on the deepest level. Even our cells go into repair mode!
Unlike active classes with a lot of movement, restorative yoga is a simple and quiet practice. When the body becomes still the truth of the mind is revealed. This deeper level of awareness can help foster a new level of introspection and welcome insight into your desires.
The practices of yoga as a whole are aimed at returning us to our true nature, which is a place of integration and wholeness. Restorative poses and the use of props allow the body to unwind stress and tension. As tension releases a place of ease emerges and we feel reconnected with our innate essence.
If you have never explored this style of yoga I invite you to try this sequence of six poses. If you don’t have yoga specific props you can substitute pillows or couch cushions for the bolster and towels for the blankets. Enjoy each pose for 5-10 minutes and rest for a few moments between them. I have included two variations of savasana. Try both and see which one you like best. If you don’t have time for the whole sequence practice one pose a day for the next six days.