In a society where we are constantly "on" and "connected" we oftentimes forget to just "be". But why is this important? Because sometimes you just need to be - and know that it's ok to do that. To take 60 minutes out of your day and give it back to yourself from time to time can have endless impacts on us. Because after all, if we're not taking care of ourselves, how can we possibly take care of others in our lives?
What I've found with my students is when they learn to slow down the body and relax the nervous system, allowing their body's to just "be", something happens with the mind. Your mind is no longer racing full-speed ahead, stress and anxiety is suddenly dulled (or just not there at all), and you feel a sense of "ah".
Why is this? Because when you relax the nervous system and simply focus on your breath, the body and brain start to do wonderful things! Here are just a few benefits any BODY may experience from restorative yoga:
- Supported, full body relaxation (ahhhh, the best)
- Release tension throughout the body (can you say new-found flexibility Nirvana?!)
- Become body aware and notice where you hold your tension (a stress reliever)
- A quiet mind, enabling you to more easily "shut it off"
- Sooth and heal emotional pain, anxiety, and depression
- Recover from illness and even experience a boosted immune system
- A balanced nervous system (reduce those "fight" or "flight" reactions)
Sounds amazing, right?! It is... but be patient... just because your body is resting doesn’t mean your mind will automatically grow silent. It takes time to go from 100 to 0 and start to settle into a restorative practice but once you do... ahhhh is what you will feel. It's one of the most powerful forms of yoga - creating a space where you may feel vulnerable, emotional or even anxious. But you're creating a space within your body and mind to simply - let go.
Questions? Just ask! I'm happy to help anyone find this amazing form of yoga.
ALo, RYT 200, Aeria Yoga Teacher