Restorative Yoga is specifically designed to deeply soothe the central nervous system, leaving you feeling relaxed and restored.
Often our minds and bodies can feel frazzled and worn out, in need of some TLC, especially when trying to juggle our busy lives. Restorative yoga postures are designed to open the body in a gentle and comfortable way. The supported positions encourage us to learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, reducing layers of muscular tension, whilst de compressing joints and relieving aches and pains. It is suitable for all abilities.
Restorative Yoga has stemmed from the Iyengar tradition, and is a form of therapeutic healing. I was lucky enough to train with one of the pioneers of Restorative Yoga in the West, Judith Hanson Lasater, and here's what she has says about it:
This class usually begins with some gentle movement to ease the body towards stillness, followed by restful positions using props like blankets and bolsters, to support the body in postures that allow softening and tension to release. The postures are typically held for longer periods of time than other Yoga styles, anything from 5-20+ minutes. This nurturing style of Yoga is specifically beneficial for those needing to slow down, calm the body and mind and unwind.