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What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga emphasizes relaxation over exertion. You can replenish energy during a restorative class by relaxing deeply.

Because the goal of restorative yoga is to relax you will use props, pillows, bolsters, and blankets. As a result, your body can let go of all effort completely.

How is restorative different than yin?

Perhaps you are not sure how a restorative class is different from yin yoga. This is a common question.

The main difference between a yin and restorative class is in yin you are allowed to be slightly uncomfortable during a stretch. However, in restorative, you are supposed to be 100% comfortable for the entire duration of class.

What poses are common in restorative?

A restorative pose is any where you can be totally relaxed. Here are some common ones:

  • First, you can open the shoulders and hips in supta virasa, or “reclined hero”. Because Westerners sit in chairs we often have closed hips and shoulders. So, this pose can help stretch the front side of the body where you’re tight.
  • Next, to stretch the back part of your body, rest in balasana, or “child’s pose”. This pose is great for releasing the quads, hips, and a tight back.
  • Finally, try savasana. Also known as “corpse pose”, this is one of the most challenging poses in yoga. Because it requires total relaxation you may agree.

Why practice restorative yoga?

There are many benefits to practicing restorative. For example:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Reduced stress
  • Calmed mind
  • Replenished energy

Shanti Yoga teaches at least one restorative class per teacher training. First, we ensure our students experience the benefits for themselves. Next, we provide guidance on how to teach restorative. Finally, we test our students to ensure they can effectively teach.

Would you like to try it for yourself? You can, at a Shanti Yoga Teacher Training. Learn more here.

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