In our increasingly fragmented world, restorative yoga gives us an opportunity to become whole again. Where we can give ourselves permission to just be with ourselves for 2 hours. I know, obscene isn't it?! Two whole hours just for ourselves.
For most of us, our sympathetic nervous system is constantly firing without any real opportunity to be quiet – we are constantly in a state of flight or fight (ie stress).
A fabulous antidote to this way of living is Restorative Yoga.
The very nature of it emphasizes deliberately slowing down, bringing comfort and ease to our otherwise busy bodies, and scattered minds.....
Our culture is built on how productive we can be, how much we can achieve and keep achieving. It can feel as if nothing is ever enough. In restorative yoga practice simplicity. We practice observing. We allow all the tension in our body to melt and we let ourselves have a delicious rest. We use props – blankets, bolsters and blocks - intelligently and wisely, so no joint is hanging, everything is supported.
There is no effort, except to surrender.
We turn up, we engage in the practice, but we actively let go. With nothing else to do but breathe, we invite a deeper breath into the body, to nourish ourselves at a cellular level. Breathing like this does require great presence and attention, and, at first, it can be difficult to settle into the practice – I mean all we are doing is breathing – right? But slowly as we settle, the distractions of our life fade away, the distractions of a tense body fade away, and we can just ‘be’. This does not mean we collapse into the practice. We are in a dynamic relationship with the practice, with our environment, with ourselves, so we bring a very real presence, and we consciously absorb what is happening, so the effects of the practice are amplified.
Once in the pose, we hold. For 5 minutes. For 10 minutes.
We heal, we restore.
We stop DOING and just