Unlike the constant flow of vinyasa or the deep stretching poses of a regular class, Restorative Yoga is a quiet, reflective, and mostly passive practice. Using props to support the body and long holds of poses of between 5 and 15 minutes, restorative yoga triggers the relaxation response and helps the nervous system recover from continuous daily stress.
The problem is, people who would benefit most from restorative yoga are the ones who find it difficult to slow down and switch off.
They tend to gravitate towards faster moving or higher intensity exercise. And while there is certainly a feel-good factor, these forms of exercise don’t allow for the deep physical and mental rest that’s needed to balance a busy, active lifestyle.
Without this balancing rest, we might experience stress actually increase over time, as well as other symptoms like insomnia, irritability, and increased risk of injury.
Does this sound like you or someone you know?
Here are 10 things which might suggest you are in need of some rest and relaxation:
- You feel tired when you wake up in the morning
- You have difficulty getting to sleep at night
- You have ongoing, un-explained muscle or joint pain
- You’re often irritable and impatient.
- You keep planning to “take some time for yourself,” but never get around to it.
- You can’t stop multitasking, including at red lights, during meals, and even while you’re in the bathroom…
- You take work home with you.
- You take work to bed with you.
- You catch every cold, and never seem to completely recover.
- You are constantly checking your phone/email/facebook, etc.
Join us for one of our monthly restorative yoga workshops.