When I first learned about restorative yoga, I was working on my Peaceful Practices certification with Annie Mascelli and I immediately fell in love! Restorative yoga is all about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching.
It is the perfect remedy for tired moms. I know how exhausting it can be to be a mom. Who has the energy to exercise? I love restorative yoga because it requires little effort and you really do feel replenished afterwards. You can even practice some poses in bed if you really need to multi-task! It is that peaceful pause that every mama craves and needs at some point in her day.
Props That Are Needed
You can usually find items around your home to use if need be, but the following are some common props:
- Several pillows
- Yoga bolster
Props are used to support your poses, which allow your muscles to completely and comfortably relax. They can include items you already have in your home such as blocks, books, blankets, or even walls. These props are used to support your body so that poses can be held for longer periods of time without any straining or uncomfortableness. (Poses can last anywhere from 10-20 minutes.)
What classes are like:
Classes are very slow and calm, perfect for anyone dealing with stress. You may want to dress warmly and bring a blanket as you will not be moving much, but rather holding poses for long periods of time. The lighting is usually low and soft and relaxing music is played.
The more deeply you breathe and relax into each pose the more your muscles will stretch and open.
The Benefits of Restorative Yoga:
- Feel more refreshed
- Promotes better sleep
- Reduces Anxiety
- Balances the nervous system
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces headaches and fatigue
- Helps with Fibromyalgia symptoms
Unfortunately, there are no restorative yoga classes offered in my area, however, I’ve been blessed to find Bronni, a teacher from Australia who has a fabulous online restorative yoga class. I have taken her class and can’t recommend it enough. If you do one self care activity this holiday season, let it be practicing restorative yoga. While I know how busy you are, it’s extremely easy to practice restorative yoga at home, especially with Bronni’s guidance.
Create Your Calm… Your at Home Program for Yoga that Soothes is a short and simple email course for people craving deep, effective rest and time-out from the ‘busy-ness’ of everyday life. It will inspire you to ‘invest in rest’ and show you simple, effective, floor-based yoga poses designed to refresh your spirits and melt your tensions away. – Bronni
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