Think yoga has to be about fast-paced, athletic flows with lots of calorie burn? Think again. Restorative yoga is a slow, gentle practice filled with passive stretching to help you relax and unwind.
Using bolsters, blankets, or blocks for additional support, you’ll hold relaxing poses like child’s pose and corpse pose for long durations. You’ll sink into the movements, breathe deeply, and release tension from your body and mind.
This 45-minute practice is joint-friendly, making it perfect for anyone with past injuries, arthritis, or other joint issues. And the benefits don’t stop there. It’s also been shown to reduce pain, elevate mood, improve sleep, and reduce stress. Restorative yoga is also effective at improving quality of life and mental well-being in cancer patients.
Because you won’t be sweating the way you do in more athletic yoga classes, increase the comfort by wearing your coziest clothes like a sweatshirt and leggings. You might even want to bring a blanket to cocoon inside for certain poses.
Whether you’re new to yoga in general or used to faster-paced types, give a restorative yoga class a try. You’ll come away relaxed, refreshed, and feeling healthier than ever.