How did you sleep last night?
Or better yet, how did you feel when you woke up this morning?
Were you tired and groggy, cursing your alarm for the 100th time this year?
We’ve been there.
Sometimes it feels like you’re going in circles, running from one task to the next, one expectation to the next, all for a mediocre night’s rest. You want to wake up feeling refreshed, with a body so loose that even an inbox full of urgent emails can’t weigh you down.
A gentle restorative yoga sequence can help with that. In fact, it can help with a lot of other things, too.
Restorative yoga is for everyone 🙂
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It’s funny, though. Many people avoid restorative yoga because they are more interested in the ‘no pain – no gain’ kind of exercises that make you sweat and make your heart pump.
Then, of course, there are the ones who swear by it.
A restorative yoga practice can offer a very peaceful, relaxed way of exercising and moving the body. It can also provide deep relaxation, lower blood pressure, and looser hips and spine (which is a lot more important than you might think).
Not quite ready to jump into a restorative yoga class quite yet? Let us help you decide…
10 Signs That You Need Restorative Yoga in Your Life
You have a hard time falling asleep at night.
Any sudden movements send a wave of pain throughout your body.
You feel tired when you wake up in the morning.
Your road rage is a little out of control lately.
You cannot turn off your noisy brain no matter what you’re doing.
You’re tired of all the drama life brings you.
You have an injury and you just “push through it” without letting it heal.
You want a little less chaos in your life.
You cannot stop “multitasking” even when you shouldn’t be, like when you’re eating meals, at a red light, or in the bathroom.
You’ve checked your smartphone while reading this post.
What is Restorative Yoga?
A restorative yoga sequence is made up of usually only about five or six poses. These poses are often supported by props that allow you to relax into the given stretch completely. All poses are held for 5-10 minutes, and all you do while holding the pose is to breathe deeply and relax.
Restorative yoga poses include very gentle twists, seated forward folds, and gently supported backbends.
If you’re attending a restorative yoga class, your teacher will likely go around the class to adjust postures and help students go deeper into the pose. This way, you are shown that your body can move comfortably in ways that it doesn’t normally move.
It can feel especially challenging for the mind that is always active and wandering to be still and to be ok with not doing anything. It also challenges the body as you’ll be sitting in a pose for a long time without any movement, which might not sound like a big challenge…
…but go ahead and try it; you’ll see it’s not as easy as it sounds 🙂
Having a restorative practice has proven health benefits as well. In fact, several studies have shown that it can lead to significant reductions in blood pressure, most likely thanks to its ability to calm stress.
Those are some restorative yoga benefits that we can all enjoy a little more of!
Most of us are living a high-intensity life and always juggling a lot of activities. This is too much for what our bodies were made for and can account for a lot of the aches, pains, and sickness you may be experiencing in your day-to-day life.
Maybe the most beneficial exercise for you is the one that lets you experience the state of ‘not-doing.’
Of course, there’s no need to give up the blood-pumping exercises that make your body and mind feel good, but trying to incorporate a slowed-down activity never hurt anybody 🙂
You will definitely feel the calming effects of having a quieter practice, and you might find yourself wanting more of this kind of yoga.
To get started, here are the top 10 restorative yoga poses (with explanations and pictures) that you need in your life:
Top 10 Restorative Yoga Poses
Digging deep into that connective tissue with a gentle yoga sequence can be a delicious treat for your body and your muscles. It can help you release tension, sure, but it also loosens up that connective tissue in your hips and pelvic floor so that you can nail those seriously complicated poses.
And if you’re teaching restorative yoga? Then this is a great restorative yoga sequence.
Ready to know which restorative yoga poses are best for you? Here are our favorite restorative poses that will help you get started:
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