What is Restorative Yoga and What are the Benefits?

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What is Restorative Yoga and What are the Benefits?

What is restorative yoga?  It is exactly what it sounds like.  It helps to restore the body.  Restorative yoga focuses on centering your breath and your body through the practice of gentle movement and poses.  Props are used throughout this type of yoga to help you hold poses for a longer period of time, allowing for your body to experience the benefit of the pose, bringing your body to a total state of relaxation.

How can your body benefit from Restorative Yoga?

3 Benefits of Restorative Yoga

Soothing the Nervous System

A restorative yoga class focuses in on a slower breathing pace, encouraging you to breathe deeper.  This deeper, slower breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system.  Once the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged, it begins to calm the body, quelling the fight-or-flight stress response our body often experiences resulting in a total state of calm.


Many refer to restorative yoga as “mindful yoga” because of its ability to calm the mind and body, opening them up to an expanded level of awareness.  Once you have achieved this state, you are able to notice more physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions.  

Increased Flexibility

As you practice restorative yoga, your body will experience better flexibility.  The use of the props will help to ensure that you do not injure yourself of re-aggravate previous injuries.

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