I am a 66-year-old male, recovering from a motorcycle accident. I drive race cars for a hobby, work long hours in my own business and have never been stiffer. Not in my wildest dreams could I imagine the difference in movement in my body and more importantly the relaxation mood that yoga puts me in. I am so grateful and am a complete convert. Joe
Last Christmas, Joe’s family gifted him with Private Yoga Therapy sessions. He started weekly in January and despite Covid lockdowns has continued here regularly. He now comes twice weekly as he admits that home practice is not for him! Joe has learnt firsthand how the restorative poses calm down his nervous system and then: reduce his body tightness, aches and pains; lower his blood pressure and help him get less angry. Essential for his long-term health and happiness!
This is what the everyday person like you and Joe, gain from restorative yoga (restful, supportive poses).
A guided way to slow down and rest
Perspective, relaxation, self-care can never arise from busyness, especially from a busy mind. Particularly if your life has become a pit-stop, something you rush in and out from trying to find a ‘fix’, a solution. For most people, slowing down, disengaging from social media, turning off devices, pausing, creates a lot of inner discomfort. To stop and realise how and to what/whom you give your energy and time is confronting, but incredibly healthy.
A calmer mood and mind
When you don’t rest, you wear out, wear down, and start running on empty. You spend so much of your time trying to get somewhere. It’s healthy to pursue wholesome aims, however your bodily systems and brain get overloaded and stressed. Restorative (or restful) poses condition the body to ease up and then the mind begins to let go. You gain calm, clarity and focus again, without effort. Your natural energy is released, your mood naturally lifts and your thoughts are more conducive to an easeful life.
A strengthened immune system
Restful, supportive poses create an enhanced capacity for healing and healthy immune functioning. Your immune system requires strengthening to inhibit illness. A superfine essence called Ojas has everything to do with your immunity and gives all of your bodily tissues strength, vigor, vitality, and immunity. It is said that rest enhances the strength of your Ojas and reduces the external influences that cause disease in you e.g. Covid.
A personal place of balance
Creating a personal sense of balance, finding equilibrium within, is paramount. There are many paths to your centre. Silent meditation practice is one of them, however many find this unachievable. Restorative yoga brings your being into this inner balance bringing clarity, resilience, patience, acceptance of what is. Your heart/mind recentres to observe daily life with an open heart and kindness.