5 Ways to Slow Life Down with Restorative Yoga

Restorative YogaLife moves at a hectic pace. Even if your body isn’t whizzing around trying to keep up with the speed of life, your mind is. This means that both your physical and mental selves are not relaxed, not a p peace. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just slow down the pace, no matter what is swirling around? With restorative yoga, you can.

Credited with preventing anxiety and stress, restorative yoga is renowned for offering physical and mental balance. Using props so that poses can be held longer, you experience all the positive, wellness effects of passive, deep stretching.

The core of yoga is poses. But with pillows, blocks and other objects referred to as bolsters, you can support full, comfortable stretches of your body from a few minutes to as long as 15 minutes.

Here are 5 ways you can benefit from Restorative Yoga.

Your body engages.

Your mind and body tend to respond better to relaxation rather than pain. When you can remain in a prolonged pose without feeling any type of pain, your body tends to comply with the physical benefit with resistance. And, your mind and body both reap the full benefits of beginning in a supported position for an extended period d of time.

You become more flexible.

Restorative yoga shares the general flexibility benefit of all types of yoga. The difference is that you become more flexible quicker. Remember, restorative yoga isn’t just about stretching – it’s not a means to an end of reaching a certain goal. Restorative yoga is exploratory based upon releasing tension. This leads to making you more flexible in a more natural process.

You learn to identify the source of your built-up tension.

By holding a pose longer in a more relaxed state of mind you become more in tune with your body. This awareness leads you to discover where you’re retaining tension. Once you identify the location where tension resides, you can make daily life adjustments to preempt tension from building in that area.

You’ll experience weight and fat loss.

It has been shown through a recent study that overweight women can trim fat through restorative yoga.  Restorative yoga has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol, which when in high levels is associated with increased abdominal fat. This means that over a period of time, with regular practice, restorative yoga can assist in becoming slimmer and trimmer.

You’ll positively affect your immune and nervous systems.  

Restorative yoga improves immune systems; regular practice strengthens your body’s defense against all the germs and viruses that permeate our environments.

Furthermore, because of its benefits regarding relaxation, restorative yoga lends itself to renewing and rejuvenating your nervous system. This translates to increased energy that flows through your body and renews tissue. Both of which elevate your nervous system and allow it to be more balanced.

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