What is Restorative Yoga?

Have you ever wondered what the point of restorative yoga is? Have you seen these practices and just thought it looks like a bunch of people laying down on the floor draped over pillows? If so, you need to know that you’re not alone. So let’s take a little bit of time and explain what the purpose of restorative yoga is so that you can not only appreciate it, understand the benefits and hopefully start to integrate it as part of your weekly home practice. 

Restorative yoga was developed by a world-renowned yoga master B.K.S Lyengar. In restorative yoga, we generally use props (such as pillows, blankets, and yoga blocks) to support the body. This helps to grant aid and relaxation not only to the physical body but also to the mind. 

During restorative yoga practice, when we support the body, the body is encouraged to release tension and negative energy, often accumulated in our muscles. When the body enters into a state of relaxation, the mind becomes relaxed; hence pressure is released from both body and mind.

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