Restorative yoga is about opening your body and yet not moving it. Unlike other yoga forms that are vigorous and intense, restorative yoga relaxes the whole body by relatively slower and passive poses. The classes stretch for an hour. Restorative yoga form uses props to comfort the moves while stretching. These props can be blankets, blocks, or bolsters. All you have to do is to relax, breathe, and let your body feel a different experience by undergoing gentle and composed poses working on gravitational forces.
These poses can last for as long as twenty mins. During the long stretch of poses, the props help the body to feel comfort from the pain caused by prolonged stretching. This very form of yoga practice is an excellent remedy for stress. Teaching your body the skill of stillness and the feeling of great contentment that it brings along itself.
The Need For Props
Props are the materials needed during the poses to relax the body from the strain it endures while stretching. The poses are mostly seated or supine, which needs support to hold on to, to retain the posture for the required period. Depending on the pose, the props can be anything from supportive blocks to soothing blankets.
The Different Forms Of Restorative Yoga
- The Seated Forward Bend(“Paschimmottanasana”)
In this form, the body is bent fully forward, letting the torso rest on the props like blankets or bolsters placed on the legs. It stretches the calves, hamstrings, back, and spine. It is said to provide calmness and improves your mood.
- Legs Up The Wall (“Viparita Karani”)
It is a classic restorative form where the walls are the support. Its objective is to drive the energy to the upper portion of the body, using gravity.
- Reclined Goddess Pose(“Supta Baddha Konasana”)
This is also known as the reclined butterfly pose. The stretching opens up the groins and hips and helps to relieve the stress from back pain and sciatica.it takes 10 mins to stay in this pose while gravity does it work.
- Supported Bridge Pose(Setu bandha Sarvangasana)
This pose of restorative yoga uses a block to support the sacrum, holding a bridge pose. It allows back extension, which helps to relieve back pain and hunches caused by poor sitting habits. It provides better flexibility and opens the heart for improved breathing. The core abdominals, hamstrings, back and hip muscles are the area feeling the stretch.
Health Benefits Of Restorative Yoga
Restorative practices have proven to lower down depression levels in cancer patients or even survivors. It has been working on improving the conditions that relate to anxiety. The pain endured by cancer patients is brought down to an effective level by practicing restorative forms of yoga. Other than these, it also helps in a healthy alignment of the whole body letting the muscles move, stretch, and relax and gain satisfying contentment of self.
Difference Between Yin Yoga And Restorative Yoga
Both the yin and restorative yoga are different, except the fact that they both have long-lasting poses practiced in a slow and relaxed manner. The purpose served, yet varies. Yin yoga uses gravity to comfort the poses, whereas restorative forms use props. Yin benefits can be achieved by doing restorative kinds, but its objective is not relaxation.
One undergoes the experience of deep relaxation during the restorative sessions. Unlike other methods, this method uses dim light and soft music to enhance the environment. The temperature is considered cold, and sometimes blankets are used as cocoons for longer held poses. The feel of the stretch keeps you awake during the session.
Both gravity and breath play their role in relaxing the mind and body. In the end, a fresher, more relaxed as well as opened up self is what this yoga provides.