Have you ever wondered about Restorative Yoga or Yoga Nidra? Restorative Yoga is a form of active rest in which the mind, body, and spirit are given the time and space to renew, recharge, and restore. It is a practice unlike traditional yoga classes in that it centers on slowing down, centering, and opening through passive stretching. We practice stillness and very gentle movement for extended periods of time throughout the practice, focusing on fully supported poses that are each held for 5-7 minutes. Yoga Nidra is a form of yogic sleep, often using a guided script by the instructor that helps you reach maximum relaxation.
At One Soul Yoga, we offer a Restorative/ Yoga Nidra class every Sunday at 7 pm with Rachel and DeAnna rotating to lead the class.
Let’s take a deeper look at Restorative and Nidra and the benefits of each.
Restorative yoga is known for being relaxing and calming and it is a great way to slow down and renew the mind and body. It restores the body, and if you have a busy, hectic lifestyle (who doesn’t?!), then a restorative practice will help you practice stillness, breath and very gentle stretching.
During restorative, we hold gentle stretching poses supporting the body with bolsters, blocks and blankets. These asanas are held for anywhere from 5-7 minutes while you gently breath through the stretch. This passive stretch is assisting your body into gentle stretching, which is helps with flexibility.
As you breathe through the passive asanas during a restorative practice, it will help you deeply relax and help you release tension and stress. Those tight muscles release and you will leave feeling calmer. In addition, if you are feeling emotional pain, these deep, relaxing stretches may help you alleviate some of this as well. As the body slows, you may find your mind turning to certain emotions, help you work through some of thee issues.
Restorative yoga is so relaxing that you may find yu get a better night of sleep. As you hold the poses during your practice, you will use yogic breathing to help you focus. These will certainly help calm the mind and body so when you get home, you may rest better.
Restorative yoga can be practice by anyone, no matter your skill level. There’s no straining of the muscles or fast movement. Come to restorative in comfortable clothes and the instructor will help make sure you are assisted and relaxed during the practice.
Yoga Nidra is a popular form of yogic sleep, most similar to a prolonged guided meditation or a prolonged session of savasana. During Yoga Nidra, you will be instructed to get in a comfortable spot on your mat using any props you want and close your eyes. Your instructor will then read a guided script for 20-30 minutes and you practice listening and relaxation. Much like restorative yoga, nidra is accessible to every skill level and will help you achieve ultimate relaxation.
If you would like to try Restorative & Yoga Nidra, we invite you to come try it out any Sunday at One Soul Yoga at 7 pm. You can sign up on our website at www.OneSoulYogaStudio.com.