Week 4: Restorative yoga / Tamara Ashley

Restorative yoga is a gentle nurturing practice with an easeful and fluid approach to movement suitable for all levels, including complete beginners with no yoga experience. In the practice, we support the body with props in folds, twists, prone and supine positions to align and release the body’s energy. The practice offers a space to be present in states of rest, and can enable students to restore and balance the nervous system. While seemingly gentle, the practice can have a deep and beneficial effect on the body-mind.

The practice offers a space to be present in states of rest, and can enable students to restore and balance the nervous system. Postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining. While seemingly gentle, the practice can have a deep and beneficial effect on the body-mind.

The beauty of Restorative yoga is that there is no muscular contraction involved. We believe we have to “work” to increase flexibility, but often we achieve more opening in parts of the body that we perceive as tight by softening and relaxing than through an active asana practice. During a Restorative yoga sequence, you still stretch, but you relax fully in the stretch so that tension can slowly be released.