Why You Shouldn’t Think Restorative Yoga is Lazy!
Sure, laying over a bolster with hips, low back, neck, and arms all supported sounds downright delicious. Especially when compared with the fast-paced life that most of us lead. For many of us, the idea that something so relaxing can be a powerful tool for improving our health and performance seems unlikely.
The truth is that restorative yoga, often called therapeutic yoga, is designed to help aid in recovery, reset overworked muscles, and calm the central nervous system. This is achieved by slowing down the movements and connecting the body and mind. This connection is essential for our long term health and wellness. Health benefits of movement can be accessed through restorative yoga for people who have injuries, limitations, pain issues, or simply a desire to move differently.
As we age, maintaining good flexibility and balance can literally extend our life span. Seniors who can maintain balance are less likely to have a serious fall. Flexibility in seniors reduces pain from arthritis and other medical conditions. Restorative yoga is a primary source of pain management for arthritis. Due to the support of props and slow transition between poses arthritis inflammation is reduced and significantly less likely to occur post-session.
For athletes and weekend warriors who don’t like having “rest days”, restorative yoga can allow the body the time it needs to complete the repair process. It hs been shown to aid in your recovery, especially in high intensity or endurance sports. Athletes learn how restorative yoga can give access to better breathing. Deeper breathing allows for better regulation of stress hormones and neurotransmitters. It can lift brain fog, improve energy, make you feel calmer, run farther, lift heavier, and help you keep up in that dance class.
Although many people take their breathing for granted, unaware of the tiny, low oxygen gasps that leave us feeling foggy and exhausted. Most of us don’t understand how breathing plays into our overall health and performance. With the utilization of restorative yoga, you will slow down your breathing and calm your mind. In this space, you will begin to notice your breath and then begin to feel how your body changes as you change your breathing. Your body has different responses based on how you are breathing at a given time. Learning to control and manage your breathing is essential for living in the high stimulus world all around us.
You can think of restorative yoga as a tool in your back pocket for any time you don’t feel your best. No matter how you are feeling, you can apply a pose to help relieve your symptoms.
Nausea?- there is a pose for that
Period cramps? - there is a pose for that
Migraines and headaches - there is a pose for that too!
Panic attack just starting or already in progress? - there is a pose for that
Neck and shoulder pain from sitting like a jerk at your desk? - there is a pose for that too!
So if you are ready to learn how restorative yoga can help you increase not only your physical performance but your mental one as well you can reach out here to learn more. We will show you how to apply poses for panic attacks to nerve pain.
In the meantime, take a big deep breath in through the nose, pause for a moment, and release your breath out through your nose with the intention of slowing things down. Take the opportunity to see how much better your body and mind feel with one quality breath.