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Restorative Yoga from Loyfa BetterLife

13 Aug 2019

We all need rest, whether we are recovering from physical illness, mental burnout or simply trying to bring balance to our busy lives.  Restorative yoga is just as the name states, restorative. It aims to bring one back to a balanced state of health by supporting the body to fully and completely rest.

A Restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to relax and rest.  Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.  

If you want to benefit from meditation and you’re not sure how to start this style of yoga provides a bridge between familiar poses and what can sometimes be an unfamiliar and often intimidating practice of meditation.

You may feel vulnerable, emotional or anxious when practicing Restorative yoga.  This is all part of the powerful process where you create space and let go. Wearing an eye mask, wrapping yourself in a blanket, or keeping your feet up on the wall can help ground and calm you.

Many people ask the difference between Yin and Restorative practice.  Both are slow paced and good for beginners. Both cultivate a powerful inner awareness.  While Yin yoga activates change at a very deep level in an already healthy body to increase performance, Restorative yoga heals a body in need of healing.

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