Restorative Yoga

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What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a profoundly nurturing and therapeutic practice that caters to individuals of all experience levels. This gentle approach to yoga emphasizes the healing power of passive poses, held for extended periods with props such as blocks, bolsters, and blankets. It’s a practice that encourages deep relaxation, fostering a profound connection between the body and mind.

Unlike the more dynamic and physically demanding styles of yoga, restorative yoga takes a different path. While traditional vinyasa classes focus on building strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance, restorative yoga prioritizes relaxation and muscle release.

One of the most remarkable aspects of restorative yoga is its capacity to relax both the body and mind. This deep state of relaxation can reduce stress and anxiety levels and decrease the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. By promoting a shift from the dominant sympathetic nervous system (responsible for the “fight or flight” response) to the parasympathetic nervous system (associated with relaxation), restorative yoga has a soothing effect on the nervous system.

Mood enhancement is another notable benefit. Combining relaxation and focused, mindful breathing can alleviate symptoms of depression, fostering an overall sense of well-being. Additionally, research indicates that this style of yoga can help reduce chronic pain, including headaches, back pain, and osteoarthritis discomfort.

One area where restorative yoga excels is improving sleep quality. Studies show that incorporating yoga into one’s daily routine can enhance the overall quality of sleep, making it easier to achieve a restful night’s rest. This practice is particularly gentle on the body, making it a safe option for individuals with acute or chronic injuries.

For those dealing with chronic health conditions, restorative yoga can be an integral part of their overall treatment plan. Studies have revealed that individuals with cancer, in particular, experience psychological and physical symptom relief and improved quality of life through regular yoga practice. Additionally, restorative yoga is considered a safe and adaptable choice for expectant mothers, making it a suitable form of exercise during pregnancy.

Beyond the physical benefits, restorative yoga offers many mental health advantages. It facilitates increased relaxation, which can be more effective than regular passive stretching, inducing a state of calmness. Improved sleep is a natural consequence of enhanced peace, as it helps manage sleep problems by influencing melatonin levels and reducing hyperarousal.

Furthermore, restorative yoga contributes to an overall sense of well-being and a better mood, making it an effective tool for individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. It also relieves those experiencing musculoskeletal pain while being gentle on the joints and strengthening connective tissues.

In conclusion, restorative yoga is more than just physical exercise; it’s a holistic approach to health and well-being. Its emphasis on relaxation and mindfulness can bring about profound changes in the body and the mind. Whether you’re seeking stress relief, improved sleep, enhanced mood, pain management, or simply a gentle and safe form of exercise, restorative yoga has something to offer everyone.

Highlights

  • 60-minute sessions per day for 5 days
  • Retreat starts on Monday every week
  • Sessions will be held online through Zoom/Google Meet/ and Teams video calling software

Retreat information

This retreat program focuses on beginner-level yoga postures, breathing exercises, mudras, and meditation techniques and doesn’t require prior experience in yoga of any kind. Restorative yoga is for everyone, whether you are a working professional or a homemaker. People of any age can participate. This is online, so you don’t have to attend the studio. This saves you time and lets you completely immerse into the practice from the comfort of your home.

Daily stressors are inevitable. Restorative yoga restores the balance among your body, mind, and emotions to eliminate the impacts of stress, anxiety, mental fatigue, boredom, and lack of enthusiasm in life. This also helps you stay cognitively sharp and mentally agile. Regular restorative yoga practice has improved cognitive function and increased mental clarity. Fostering relaxation, reducing stress, and promoting better sleep create an environment where your mind can thrive.

Required Skill level

None. Anyone from beginner, intermediate or advance level practitioner can join

Mode of instruction

 English

Group size

Maximum of 14 participants. 

Tools required

  • Zoom/Google Meet/Teams video calling software
  • A phone or a laptop computer
  • A stable internet connection
  • A comfortable space in your house 
  • A yoga mat or any other comfortable mat that doesn’t slip 

*(You do not have to purchase a ZoomGoogle Meet/Teams subscription.)

Pricing

US $ 131 per person