Restorative yoga is a certain type of yoga practice in which a number of props are used to provide us perfect ‘physical, mental and emotional relaxation’. If you are a fitness-freak who loves to practice different yoga forms, go through this article and know about what, how and why of restorative yoga.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga makes use of some props, which can support our body fully and provide deep rest as well as relaxation to us. Several postures of this yoga practice include back-bending, forward-bending, twisting, side stretching, and so on.
How to Practice Restorative Yoga?
When it comes to practicing restorative yoga, you need to go ahead sequentially. Usually, there are a number of gentle as well as nurturing poses and postures in this yoga, which are designed for people of all ages, genders and fitness levels. You need to hold them as long as you can (depending upon your level of comfort) without hurting yourself. If you are not feeling comfortable with any of the yoga postures, come out of it or simply alter the height of the blankets to a suitable level. Now, check out the sequence, which comprises certain effective restorative yoga postures for maximum benefit:
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1. Supta Baddha Konasana – Back-bend gently by keeping your belly relaxed.
2. Janu Sirsasana – Bend to the fore each side once while providing support to your head.
3. Upavishta Konasana – Provide full support to your belly and practice the posture for 5 minutes. Turning the head to either side might make your task easy.
4. Relaxing Bolster (Twist 1 and Twist 2) – Twist 1 can be practiced for a couple of minutes by changing the sides. But make sure that you do not hold twist 2 for more than 1 minute as it is much stronger than the prior one.
5. Setu Bandhasana – Back bend slowly by keeping your head and rest of the body on the floor as well as on the blanket respectively.
6. Balasana – Support your belly and counterpose the previous posture by bending to the fore.
7. Viparita Karani – Place your legs against the wall while the bolster is kept at the side of it.
8. Nadi Shodhana Pranayama – Practice nostril breathing by placing the right thumb and the ring finger on the right nose as well as the left nose respectively and vice versa.
9. Savasana – Provide full support to each part of your body and make yourself absolutely comfortable.
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Why to Practice Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga helps us attain ‘optimal health’ by relaxing both our body and mind. It keeps our nervous system at rest and activates our parasympathetic nervous system so that our muscles remain stress-free and our body gets an automatic control. Here are some amazing benefits of restorative yoga practice:
1. Limits the secretion of stress hormone (cortisol) and keeps our stress levels under control.
2. Boosts the blood circulation throughout the heart and helps maintain both heart rate and blood pressure.
3. Enhances the quantities of good cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins) as well as oxygen in our bloodstream.
4. Regulates the levels of triglycerides, blood glucose and serum with more efficiency.
5. Makes the immune system stronger.
6. Increases body flexibility.
7. Fuels the normal activities of the lymphatic system.
8. Strengthens the digestive and the renal systems.
9. Brings balance to the functions of our nervous system.
10. Treats chronic pains and muscle tensions successfully.
11. Gives our healing capacity a significant boost.
12. Helps reduce conditions like extreme fatigue, insomnia, brain awakening, etc.
13. Stimulates human productivity.
14. Improves our perception, mental stability, understanding, and mood states.
15. Makes us relaxed completely.
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