We need restorative yoga. Rarely do we pause between tasks to stretch our bodies and sit silently without the pressure of our many obligations. Throughout the day we scatter our energy, finding our minds and bodies drained while still worrying about what’s left on the “to-do” list.
When practicing restorative – or yin – yoga, we position ourselves in a place to let go and receive. Our brains may not be actively thinking, but our body is still processing. All of the information, memories and thoughts from the day dissipate as the body stretches our deep muscle tissues into a relaxed state. While there are some things that need to be discussed and picked apart through conversation, others require space; we must create distance from the day’s events.
How is restorative yoga different from other yoga classes?
In vinyasa, we move with our breath through each posture, actively stretching muscles and building strength. In restorative yoga, we are still stretching the muscles, but we are doing so passively. Passive stretching can only happen when the entire body is relaxed. Focusing on the breath to quiet the mind also calms the physical body. As the muscles ease into stillness, the teacher guides you through a series of postures designed to unbind tightened muscle tissue in areas such as the hips, lower back, and chest and shoulders. Using the support of pillows and blankets, we help you find the most comfortable position to receive and release.
Practicing restorative yoga before bed is extremely beneficial for preparing the mind and body for rest. We’re offering this late night class as a space for you to be filled with peace and to release any remaining tension in your body and your mind. If you are looking to open up in some of the tighter places of your body, this class is fantastic for deep stretching. Though you may not feel the sensations in your relaxed state, you will open up deep muscle tissues that cannot be accessed in an active yoga class.
So come wash away the day and ease into stillness. Your body will thank you for it.