Why You Should Try Restorative Yoga Through The Holidays

thanksgiving day class poster.pmdDuring the season of parties, purchases, and added stress, it’s important to allow yourself substantial recovery time.  Yoga provides a great opportunity to relax and to allow your body to recover physically and your mind to recover mentally.

Yoga in general, and particularly Restorative Yoga, has been shown to decrease the level of cortisol in the body.  This stress hormone, in elevated levels, is associated with weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  Decreasing the cortisol level has been shown to offset these ill effects and also to help fight depression and fatigue.  Many students report the added benefit of sleeping better and more restfully, often for several nights after a Restorative Yoga class.

In addition to the calming effect of Restorative Yoga, some regular practitioners also report improved powers of attention and concentration.

Restorative postures, often supported by blocks, bolsters, and blankets, are designed to maximize comfort and allow practitioners to fully let go, which is why they are usually held longer – up to 5 to 20 minutes each.  They are also arranged with the head below or near the level of the heart, which helps stimulate reflexes that quiet the brain and heart.

Participating in several Restorative Yoga classes could help you establish a routine to practice multiple times a week to get you through this hectic season.

Next week: a Restorative Yoga sequence.

Relax and enjoy the holidays.