5 Benefits of Restorative Yoga

5-benefitsRestorative yoga, a practice that leads the yogi toward a more healing and recuperative experience, is often overshadowed by the popularity and visibility of more dynamic yoga styles.

Restorative yoga uses props and the holding of a few simple poses to achieve a deep relaxation.

1. Slows Down the Pace of Life
Restorative yoga offers an opportunity to disconnect from the frenetic activity of daily life.

2. Soothing to the Nervous System
The slower pace and deep breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system mitigating the effects of the fight-or-flight (stress) response that can be damaging to body and mind.

3. Encourages Mindfulness
Restorative yoga could be called “mindful yoga” as it expands awareness of self and body – quite simply you’re able to notice and feel more of the world through your yoga experience.

4. Deepens Self-Awareness and Introspection
Your attention is drawn inward away from external events creating a sanctuary for the mind that allows for a deeper look at who you are, what you want, and how you can serve the world.

5. Helps You Feel Safe and Nurtured
In daily life it’s easy to get pulled into the insecurities of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Restorative yoga provides a safe harbor reconnecting to the memory or who you truly are helping you reclaim the fearless nature of your soul.

Taken from an article by Adam Brady The Chopra Centre