Restorative Yoga is directed to those with injuries, feeling stressed, or ill. It’s a very gentle style, which targets those wanting to resume their normal quality of life.
It’s done with the use of props such as blocks, blankets, and straps that are used to support the body.
Each of the positions are specifically chosen and precisely prepared to a particular injury, and held for longer periods of time, to create a deep mental relaxation.
Essentially, Restorative Yoga’s goal is to bring the unhealthy body back to a normal state. It does so by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the automatic control of the body. When at rest, the muscles relax.
The idea is to get the poses to gently stress the deep tissues, without getting the student out of his or her comfort zone.
The nervous system does the rest. It systematically works on getting the body back to its normal state by providing healing for the body and mind.
This calming effect it causes on the nervous system allows your body to reach a state of repair, where it can renew and rejuvenate during deep relaxation.
Just as with anything else, practice makes perfect. Regular practice of Restorative Yoga makes the body less vulnerable to injuries, any mental, stress and illnesses.
Good examples of the use of Restorative Yoga include muscle strains, joint sprains, broken bones, a simple flu, and chronic diseases, as well as emotional stress such as the loss of a loved one, a change in lifestyle, depression, and anxiety.