Restorative Yoga: Gentle Poses for Healing and Relaxation
Restorative yoga is a gentle and calming style of yoga that uses props such as blankets, bolsters, and blocks to support the body in gentle poses for extended periods of time. The focus is on relaxation and healing rather than stretching or strengthening.
Here are some of the most common restorative yoga poses:
Supported Child's Pose: Place a bolster or folded blankets on the mat and sit on your heels in front of it. Fold forward, resting your torso and head on the bolster. You can also place a folded blanket under your forehead for extra support.
Legs up the Wall Pose: Lie on your back with your legs straight up against the wall. You can place a folded blanket or pillow under your hips for support. Relax your arms by your sides and close your eyes.
Supported Bridge Pose: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the ground. Place a block or bolster under your hips and allow your spine to gently arch over the prop. You can also place a rolled-up blanket under your neck for extra support.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose: Place a bolster or folded blankets behind you and sit with your knees bent and the soles of your feet together. Lie back on the bolster and allow your arms to rest on the ground by your sides.
Supported Savasana: Lie on your back with a bolster or rolled-up blanket under your knees and another bolster or pillow under your head. Relax your arms by your sides and allow your body to completely surrender into the support of the props.
These poses can be held for several minutes, allowing the body to fully relax and release tension. Restorative yoga is a wonderful practice for anyone looking to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and promote overall relaxation and well-being.