This week we focused on Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga is based on the Iyengar method of supporting your body with props to benefit from the poses without straining thereby reducing the risk of injury. This weeks lesson was inspired by Judith Hanson Lasater’s book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times.
Restorative Yoga helps heal the effects of chronic stress which can build up and cause disease.. To relax is to rest deeply, but not sleep. There is no effort, no movement, and the brain is quiet. It is a practice for when you are weak, fatigued or stressed out … any time!
How does it work?
1. Use of props provides complete relaxation and support.
2. The spine is moved gently in all directions
3. Inversions are included to undo the effects of gravity and increase circulation and balance hormone levels.
4. The internal organs are alternately stimulated and soothed.
5. Energy levels are balanced in the body so you are neither overstimulated or depleted.
Our practice was a variation on Judith Hanson Lasater’s Relax and Renew Sequence. We focused on the breath and on developing body awareness to recognize the effects of the practice on the body, on our energy and other sensations or feelings that arose during the 90 minute workshop.
Simple Supported Back Bend
Supported Bound Angle
Mountain Brook Pose
Supported Bridge Pose
Elevated Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose
Reclining Twist with Bolster
Supported Child’s Pose
Basic Relaxation Pose with Legs Elevated.
Participants loved the practice and asked for more like this! Everyone’s favorite pose is the Supported Bound Angle (with or without the “bound angle” of the legs) which is often described as better than a lazy boy chair!
Watch the schedule and Facebook page for upcoming events including more Restorative Yoga. Private lessons including restorative practices can be booked at any time to help with your personal yoga practice.