A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Most restorative practices are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Restorative yoga is easy to perform and is easy to do at home. It is performed with relaxed muscles, and for most people the biggest challenge to be still in one position for so long, but if you allow yourself to take some time, it is usually easier to relax. Deep Relaxation is a state of utter stillness, being where the mind is quiet and without effort.
If you do all the exercises in the yoga session takes about 50 minutes, depending on how long you stay in each position. You can choose to do the entire session, choose to only do certain exercises, or supplement with one or more exercises to your regular yoga practice. Use a timer so you can relax without having to keep track of the time and a guided relaxation. There apps and CDs to help you with this.
Lie down and breathe and start to test one or two exercises. Close your eyes.
To practice restorative yoga
The positions tailored to function with each individual’s circumstances, practiced sitting or lying, and we stay in each asana for a long time, sometimes up to 20 minutes, depending on how experienced we are. During a session, we are moving the spine in all directions, forward, backward, twisting, side, and inversion.
The positions are softer than in Yin yoga and we work with the flows in the body instead of the connective tissue. The body propped up by pillows, bolsters, blankets, ribbons etc. for total rest. The more support we have, the deeper becomes relaxation. We therefore take plenty of time and find a comfortable position before moving into position.
A therapeutic form of yoga for deep rest and recovery
Restorative yoga is a therapeutic form of yoga is based out of Iyengar Yoga in order to heal the body from stress, illness and possible damage. Placing the body in different positions and the rest give a tremendous force for our body to heal itself during periods of anxiety, fatigue and life changes.
Two important elements of restorative yoga is deep relaxation and a soft pliable respiratory rhythm. Together stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and calms our internal organs, which gives our body the opportunity to redirect our energies to its own healing process. Restorative yoga is suitable for all practitioners who want to prevent stress or need to recover.