Restorative yoga was developed by BKS Iyengar, one of the biggest yoga masters of 20th century. His style of yoga is called Iyengar yoga. He led his students to use props for better alignment in yoga asanas, which led into developing restorative yoga. Restorative yoga was then popularized by one of Iyengar's students - Judith Hanson Lasater.
Restorative yoga uses positions similar to your regular yoga positions but these are practised slower and with the use of props such as blankets, bolsters, cushions, etc. The body needs to feel supported as the main goal of restorative yoga is deep physical and mental relaxation. This style of yoga balances our hectic lifestyle, releases stress and anxiety, helps with illness, injury or emotional trauma recovery. Restorative yoga activates parasympathetic nervous system which cannot be controlled by our will. This system controls functions such as heartbeat, digestion, breathing. During restorative yoga our will controlled nervous system gets a break, muscles and nerves can relax deeply.
With regular practise of restorative yoga we build up our resilience and become less affected by stress related illnesses.
Orange Massage and Yoga is running Restorative yoga workshop on Sunday 27th August 2017, 9 - 11am. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
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