While the idea is lucrative for those who want to burn the most calories, it draws away those individuals who cannot go through extensive workouts that come with their fair share of stress.
And for such people, the option of less strenuous workouts in the form of restorative yoga may just be the very thing that they are looking for.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga refers to a form of yoga where your movements are more passive than active. This is completely in contrast to more intensive forms such as hot power yoga.
The asanas (poses) that are practiced in restorative yoga are almost all supported by props in order to provide a relaxing workout session to those who cannot go through a more intensive one due to health or personal preferences getting in the way.
The asanas often include but are not limited to slow and gentle movements of the arms, waist and leg to make the whole body go through the process of restorative yoga. However, the movements do not have to be continuous and can most certainly be
The purpose of restorative yoga is to make your body relax, let your muscles be opened to the end result of being soothed, and for your mind to feel just as stress-free as your body does.
What Should You Keep in Mind While Practicing Restorative Yoga?
Asanas in restorative yoga are all focused on making your body relax through minimal movements. Thus, the asanas are all focus on passive movements that depend on supportive structures.
For instance, the viparita arani or legs up the wall asana that was originally used in hatha yoga is now used regularly in restorative yoga to allow your body to feel more relaxed. The simple pose stretches your torso, the back of your neck and your legs without being too strenuous. The support to the wall keeps your body from feeling the strain. On the other hand, such an asana where your legs are stretched would come with significant strain in other forms such as hot yoga.
Another pose that would help you understand the function of restorative yoga is the supta virasana or the reclining hero pose, in which you lay back against a large cushion and rest your head on a smaller cushion on top of it, with your legs bent upwards and your hands to the side. The position is comfortable yet stretches your body quite easily.
Each asana in restorative yoga could range from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. It depends upon the level of comfort and the relaxation of your body.
Restorative yoga can be a powerful force as long as you know how to use it to your advantage. Therefore, before you start practicing restorative yoga, make sure to discuss it with a Lakewood yoga professional that the citizens have come to trust due to their abilities and experience.