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Yoga 

 

Restorative Yoga is great for kids and adults alike

 

What is this?

 

A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Most restorative practices are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.

Why Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is good for the whole person, agrees Sonya Zappone, a registered yoga teacher. “By consciously stopping your body, your brain slows down, too. It can be a great meditation practice.”

Here are 3 good reasons to enjoy restorative yoga.

1. Reduce anxiety

The deep relaxed state you attain during restorative yoga allows you to physically release accumulated stress and anxiety in the form of tight muscles and a busy mind. You’ll leave the yoga session feeling calm and peaceful.

2. Increase flexibility

The prolonged poses of restorative yoga enable you to release the tensions your body holds. This can make you more limber and flexible.

3. Heal emotional pain

Restorative yoga is a meditative experience that may result in some soul-searching. “In addition to getting deep into the muscles, restorative yoga gets deep into the emotions,” says Zappone. “When your mind slows down, you may start to feel various emotions.”