“Bring a change – slowly but comfortably!” Well, that’s exactly what restorative yoga is meant to do. Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga in which you are not expected to break a single drop of sweat, but slowly open up your body with few stretched poses.
Restorative yoga, as the name suggests, helps to heal your body and restore your energies in a relaxed way. Moreover, this beautiful technique of yoga consists of simple asana which should be done for 10 minutes or more.
Origin of Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga was first taught by B.K.S. Iyengar (Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar) of Bellur, India. His basic aim was to bring “Meditation in Action”. Similarly, his teaching comprises of all the eight elements in asana practice and this yoga was taken as inspiration from Hindu deities such as yoga Narasimha.
However, this practice of yoga did not come at an easy cost, when Guru Iyengar met up with a road traffic accident and dislocated his spine, he started thinking of better ways to help disabled people practice yoga, and came up with a fantastic idea of using props to assist in yoga, which today is gaining more popularity than ever before.
Postures Included In Restorative Yoga
1. Child’s Pose (Bālāsana)
2. Seated Cat-Cow (Upavistha Bitilasana Marjaryasana)
3. Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
4. Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
5. Thread the Needle Pose (Parsva Balasana)
6. Supported Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)
7. Legs up the Wall (Viparita Karani)
Basic Instructions for Restorative Yoga
OK, so if you have, finally decided to give this form of yoga a shot; trust me, you won’t regret starting it! Without stressing much, here are some simple steps that you can follow:
- You must have a yoga mat and a simple prop to support you while you balance in a certain posture.
- This step might sound very simple but is actually very important. You must be dressed in comfortable wear.
- This yoga should only be done after 2 hours of a meal; it will be perfect if you practice this yoga in the morning.
- Restorative yoga will not make you sweat much, so if it’s cold, you’d better do this yoga while wearing your jumper and full yoga pants.
- You can play soft music while being in this posture, so during yoga, you don’t get stressed out instead of being relaxed.
- You need to be in the posture for 10 minutes or more; therefore, setting an alarm to mark the time is the best idea.
- You can also use the wall of your room as support while doing certain poses.
- The best way to do restorative yoga is in a group and encouraging each other.
Additionally, any form of yoga is sure to give you many health benefits and restorative yoga is also one of those healthy-body-maker. Moreover, if you are looking for yoga to open up your body and make it more flexible then, restorative yoga should be in your priority list with no doubts.