By Sangeetha Saran
It is a known fact that Yoga promotes physical and mental health. It can stave off diseases and chronic conditions. It has a calming effect that leads to various benefits. Many who lead a stressful and fast-paced lifestyle can learn to slow down and release their stress through the practice of Yoga. Many of the poses and postures are designed to help one clear the mind and focus on the inner self.
The poses in restorative Yoga are ideal for promoting stillness. Restorative Yoga requires you to hold poses for longer periods of time (20 seconds to a few minutes). This stretches the connective tissue around the joints. This stretching of the connective tissue rather than muscle is what enables you to sit in the same position for long periods of time.
Through restorative Yoga your body will become still. Muscles will relax and become passive. Restorative Yoga focuses on long poses while some other physical styles focus on rhythmic movements to stretch and strengthen muscle. This practice helps maintain agility of the joints making the body more comfortable with stillness. It also promotes grace in movement.
Restorative poses are derived from Hatha Yoga poses, although the English names may have been changed because instructors come from a mix of lineages. Although some poses are similar, they are set apart from their original styles to adjust the posture for the unique body of the student. This is a different approach, which Paulji teaches, in that the body does not have to fit a preconceived mold. One example is Trikonasana, where the block might be inside the foot, outside the foot, not there at all, or a small stool might be used, depending on the skeletal alignment of the student’s body.
Restorative Yoga poses are sometimes held up to three minutes. Therefore, the joints, ligaments and tendons must have the ability to withstand these poses for long periods of time. Not only does the length of time a pose is held stretch connective tissue, but gravity also plays a part by intensifying the stretch.
Restorative Yoga poses help your energy system find its own harmony and balance. The poses help you to emotionally remain still and to observe in a non-attached way the flow of emotions leading to emotional resilience. This practice also increases the ability to concentrate and focus and makes you more aware of your inner self.
You will be able to free your mind of negative thoughts and feelings. This enables you to focus and meditate, which will bring about positive feelings. As you experience the calm and stillness of mind and body, you will start to see an improvement in everyday life.
You will become more positive about the world around you. You will also experience less stress, which will increase the quality of your life and improve relationships with those most important to you.
Aura has a reasonably priced Restorative Yoga teacher training course, which can be found at: https://aurawellnesscenter.com/store/Restorative-Yoga-Teacher-Certification-Course-Level-1.html
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