What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga is a form of Yoga that is therapeutic. This style is credited to B.K.S.Iyengar. He was the pioneer in using props in the practice of Yoga. He started this because he knew the pain that can be caused by injuries due to wrong practice of Yoga.
This style makes abundant use of props in practice of Asanas (Postures). Props help make practice easier and more comfortable, and concentrate on postures rather than on balancing or stretching the body. Due to this, the relaxation achieved is deeper as there is no effort or movement. Generally, each posture is maintained for a minimum of ten minutes.
How is Restorative Yoga practiced?
Like most other workouts, practice of this Yoga form usually starts of with some light stretches. This loosens body and prepares it for better relaxation. It also helps you get over any restlessness that might make you fidget or interfere in maintaining a posture for long.
Also, you can take your time in getting comfortable with props and using them in postures. This is important and useful as props go a along way in making your practice sessions more successful and comfortable.
Why is Restorative Yoga beneficial?
The most important benefit of this form of Yoga is the fact that it helps deal with stress. It helps calm the mind and do away with restlessness. Because it makes abundant use of props, it makes practice easy effortless. This helps rejuvenate the body and mind and help relax.
Another important benefit is that because of longer holding time for postures, it helps improve concentration. It helps the individual to stay focused for a longer periods of time, helping in gaining greater control over the mind.
Restorative Yoga is beneficial to everyone, especially for those who are looking for something more than just physical fitness.