Restorative Yoga balances a fast lifestyle and has an enormous capacity to heal physical and mental symptoms that are stress related, and as we know, many diseases these days are stress related.
When the pace of life is fast, our minds move fast, too. When we are also attracted to a strong, fast-moving yoga practice, we can easily overstimulate ourselves — and our nervous system takes a beating. We may end up feeling easily overwhelmed, tired, with a racing mind. We get sick quicker and more often.
Restorative Yoga balances a fast lifestyle and has an enormous capacity to heal physical and mental symptoms that are stress-related.
Practising Restorative Yoga is a great help to anyone who is chronically ill, acutely ill, or recovering from some injuries.
Benefits of Restorative Yoga
The beauty of Restorative Yoga is that there is no muscular contraction involved. We believe we have to “work” to increase flexibility, but often we achieve more opening in parts of the body that we perceive to be tight by softening and relaxing than through an active asana practice. During a Restorative Yoga sequence, you still stretch, but you relax fully in the stretch so that tension can slowly be released.
Because the body and mind relax, literally becoming softer, we also create space to get in touch again with our natural qualities of compassion and understanding of others and ourselves.
Restorative Yoga benefits, summarised:
- Enhances flexibility
- Deeply relaxes the body
- Stills the mind
- Improves capacity for healing and balancing
- Balances the nervous system
- Boosts the immune system
- Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and ourselves
- Enhances mood states
Do you remember?
Remember that feeling of being truly relaxed, the body all soft, warm, supple, and glowing? Feeling so comfortable in your own skin that you hardly notice your physical body?
Remember that feeling of your mind being laid back, sort of watching everything from a distance with a big smile on your face, knowing beyond a doubt that everything is okay, exactly as it is? In this state, you know that life is just as it is, that there is nothing to accept or reject.
Do you remember what it is like to rest in your true nature? Realise that you are not separate from life, any more than the air in a balloon is different to the air surrounding it, or the wave separate from the sea.
The true meaning of yoga
The true meaning of Yoga is to experience union. To see through the illusion of being a separate being. To see that we are all pervaded with and made out of the same energy, which is the ground of all being.
I hope that I have motivated you to take the time out to practise Restorative Yoga. Especially if you are the type that feels you would rather do something active, because you don’t have enough time. You will benefit most…
Restorative Yoga videos for you to try out (for EkhartYoga members)
- A Restorative Yoga sequence: This class will help when you are low on energy and you are in need of balancing yourself.
- Yoga for a head cold: This class is made for when you have a headache or when you are in need of healing.
Wishing you all the great benefits of a regular Restorative Yoga practice!
Original article from EkhartYoga.com
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