Restorative yoga has many benefits such as lowering depression and anxiety. It increases GABA, a chemical that is made in the brain. It increases a sense of well being and decreases body fat. So laying around on bolsters and blankets for an entire class is soothing and relaxing while it reduces cortisol (a hormone that helps create belly fat) and stabilizes blood pressure. Restorative yoga helps us feel nourished and contented. Restorative yoga is not about moving or stretching its about relaxing. Props such as blankets and bolsters are used to make the body as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Jamie and I have been adding some restorative poses to our classes. I am adding restorative yoga to the Monday meditation class that I have at my home studio, and will be doing more restorative asana during the Wednesday class.
Sandy Palmer, ERYT200