The Art of Rest

Restorative yoga is a great way to give ourselves some time for deep rest and relaxation. It’s one of my favourite styles of yoga and it’s been an invaluable resource to me over the last decade. It’s a way to switch off from the stimulation of everyday life – something that seems very needed in the busy modern world. When things feel overwhelming, it’s the practice that I turn to.

Restorative yoga gives us time to not just rest our body but our mind as well. In restorative yoga the body is completely supported by props and cushions, so we can hold the postures for much longer than we would in an active yoga class. This makes it a really powerful practice that can help to release tension and tightness in the body. It also creates the potential for very deep relaxation, which can help to restore our energy, especially if we’re feeling tired and fatigued.

Resting is something that we actually need to practise and it can feel difficult at first, but with practise it becomes easier and we can then tap into the calming and quieting effect of this style of yoga. Practising restorative yoga doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a picture of calm all the time – if only it were so easy! – but in my experience it certainly helps.

If you’re new to restorative yoga, I would recommend trying a class, as finding a comfortable set up for the props is so important in this style of yoga. I was very fortunate to study with Judith Hanson Lasater. Her wonderful teaching greatly informed mine and and I highly recommend her book – Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times.

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Upcoming Restorative Training 2024:

Restorative Techniques for Teachers, 12 Hour CPD training held over the weekend of April 20th & 21st at Yoga Jo’s, Milngavie – Book online here