Restorative yoga is using various poses to give deep mental and physical relexation. It is passive and helps in deep relaxation and healing. I ensure to have at least one session of restorative yoga in my practice. Mostly my sunday is reserved for relaxation with yoga.
To me restorative yoga session feels like a beautiful full body massage wherein not just my muscles but even the inner tissues and nerves get stretched and relaxed. You may also light a lamp and use an oil diffuser to create a spa like environment and create an even more relaxing environment.
I love yoga for its versatility. It can be used in different ways to achieve different goals. Restorative yoga like other forms of yoga provides one with all benefits of yoga. You may read this post to know more about the benefits of yoga and why it is my favorite workout.
The purpose of restorative yoga is to make it relaxing and provide deep stretch to the body. We may make it even more easier to hold to pose by using props in each pose.
The benefits of restorative yoga are experienced most when you hold the pose for longer durations.
Relaxing yoga is in my opinion best done under a coach. The coach can design the session as per the needs of your body. For me the next best option is doing a session on down dog app. You may read a review of the same here.
You can also follow the following video by down dog. The app is better because there you can make the session as per which body part you wish to lay more stress on.
Poses in relaxing yoga
Childs pose gives deep relaxation to lower back and also eases the pain and stiffness in hips and thighs. It also often used in between yoga poses for relaxation. Lying in childs pose for a couple of minutes can be very calming.
Bounded angle pose can be performed while sitting as well as lying down. It is especially relaxing when you do it lying down. USing props adittionaly relaxes your body and makes it possible to be in the pose longer.
Happy Baby Pose
I absoluteley love the happy baby pose. This pose too is extremely comforting to the lower back. It also aligns and stretches the spine. It stretches the hamstrings and opens up the inner thighs, hips and groin. It also works on the lower three chakras.
Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
Pigeon pose to me is the ultimate relaxation. I love to stretch in this pose. I find it deeply relaxing. You may do it with props or without props depending on how your body feels. To me it is relaxing and comfortable even without the props.
It gives a deep stretch to the hips and lower back.
Fish Pose as a restorative yoga pose
Fish pose when done as a part of restorative yoga must be done using props to not strain the back or the neck. Using props would also help hold the pose longer. You would also be able to hold it longer when you do it with props.
Fish pose strengthens upper back and back of the neck. It releases stress, opens up the heart chakra and also balances the throat chakra.
Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall)
This can be done with the support of a wall or without support as well. Of course if you wish to hold it longer doing it with support will work well.
This pose regulates blood flow and aids digestion. It is also very beneficial during menstrual cramps. It helps relax tired feet, swollen ankles and varicose veins.
Savasana or the corpse pose is the ultimate relaxation. Even on days when I am doing another form of yaga than restorative yoga, I always end my session with savasna. It totally relaxes the body and mind.
Do try these on a day when you are not feeling too good or just like that for deep relaxation on a weekend.
Yoga is addictive, especially with so many different variations. Once you fall in love with yoga you would never miss a day on the mat. For on one side you will get a good workout through a abhyanga session or a vinyasa flow on the other you would be rejuvenated through a restorative yoga session.
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