Restorative yoga is a powerful healing practice with the intention to facilitate stress reduction, promote deep rest, renewal and recovery. This is accomplished by creating a neurological shift from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. Accessible to all students, it is particularly suited to the busy and burdened who need to schedule time to rest and recover.
Chronic stress is associated imbalance from over activation of the sympathetic nervous system, the part of the autonomic nervous system that responds to perceived survival threats with fight, flight or freeze response. When the sympathetic nervous system is activated – our heart races, digestion stops, and blood sugar rises.
Modern culture fuels the sympathetic nervous system with its fast-paced, competitive, multitasking and personal/worldly fears. We experience sensory overload and sleep deprivation. When the sympathetic nervous system becomes the predominate state we invite compromised function of immune, endocrine, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems.
The parasympathetic nervous system is the other side of the coin. This is the state of rest and renewal. Here’s when digestion occurs, toxins are purged and cellular repair happens. When the brain stores learned information and memories.
Methods used in restorative yoga create the shift to the state of rest and renewal.
Many props (blocks, blankets, bolsters, eye-pillows) to support the body in poses of ease. Students are encouraged to use loving-kindness when setting up props for each pose, to treat themselves as the beloved. There’s time, each pose held for eight to ten minutes without effort or force. There’s space between the poses - nowhere to rush to. Each pose is cast afloat with a bit of breath-work, meditation, or poetic inspiration. Lush, soft sound landscapes, times of silence, and often reiki healing are typically included.
I received my certification to teach restorative yoga in 2007 and have been teaching it regularly since that time.
My teacher is Judith Lasater.
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RENEWAL, RECOVERY, LOVING-KINDNESS, MEDITATION