Yoga Makes You Well - May you be filled with loving kindness, may you be well,
RSS Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Famous yoga teachers
Headstand and me
Teaching meditation to kids with malas
Yoga Graduate School
Does the mat make the yogi?


Dealing with overwhelm
Drag queen
goal setting
Mother Earth
products I like
Setting intentions
powered by

We are all on a quest for meaning and alignment

Restorative Yoga

This past weekend, I traveled to Asheville for a restorative yoga workshop.  Blankets and bolsters and straps and blocks and all sorts of props make restorative yoga very delightful.  It is easy to slip away and become altered and relaxed during such a class.  Intentional relaxation. 

So needless to say, I loved it.  As did everyone else in my class.  We all got younger and younger as the weekend progressed.  I felt my shoulder melt open and move more freely than it has in years after just laying around in these comfortable positions all weekend long.

When you hold poses for a long time, it melts the harder soft tissues like tendons and ligaments.  The tendons are the parts of the muscles that connect them to bones and to other connective tissue (fascia) throughout the body.  The tendons also have the Golgi tendon organelles inside them.  These little organelles are the control center that tells muscles to relax and lengthen. 

So holding poses a long time makes things very different.  It rules.

Another thing I like about restorative yoga is that there is no pressure that you might not be good at it.  Regular yoga has some intimidation to it because we do measure ourselves against our fellow yogis, for better or worse.  There is no thought of failure in getting into poses that are near the floor on bolsters and pillows, passively laying there for ten to twenty minutes per pose. 

But the physical is only one aspect of this yoga.  Restorative yoga (and all yoga) is also for the mind and the spirit.  And when you start opening up the tissues of the body and inviting them to move in ways they previously did not move, well then the question of why they did not move before that way comes up.  Grief, trauma, injury all heal physically but sometimes stay stuck on an energetic level.  Holding positions of comfort for several minutes at a time invites the yogi to explore the new found comfort and the prolonged discomfort that has been resident in the body.

So restorative yoga is easy and it is hard.  It feels awesome and it also challenges you to show up for yourself and be present with your own body and life.  It changes you.

9 Comments to Restorative Yoga:

Comments RSS
dior on Friday, November 07, 2014 10:46 PM
Multi-pocket trend, freezer cooler credit card, D-shaped rock diamond ring, and then a amazing returned yoga exercise mat, potent circumstance for the backpack remarkable.
Reply to comment

title loan on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 6:00 PM
Cash developments typically go at the side of fees - from one to four wheel drive of the development. to boot, day developments have higher attention levels than regular purchases. Most bank cards don't provides a grace quantity for day developments meaning attention starts accumulating as shortly as you are taking the money from the ATM.
Reply to comment

cartier on Saturday, January 31, 2015 3:26 AM
Omega -- A iconic label with wristwatches, it's considered the reason many people decided not to pattern in addition to model for women; recent males types were being simply just reconfigured seeing that can easily wristwatches sooner.
Reply to comment

Zachary Newton on Friday, August 14, 2015 2:15 PM
You have done these types of a good incredible task about this series. my partner and i envy your own sewing skills IN ADDITION TO your current patience AND your own diligence. whether an individual ever asks me The way to sew, i am sending them in order to your blog AND the particular series.
Reply to comment
write my case study on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:48 PM
As many exercises are introduced every exercise has its own value, but yoga is very helpful to every age of life that provides treatment of many diseases and protects from diseases before it attack. Easy and simple practices that restore your life with any surgery or operation.

Kevin on Thursday, August 09, 2018 8:00 AM
I have bookmarked your site and would like to check your site again for more posts. Thanks for sharing your valuable post which everyone. heavy duty garage shelving units
Reply to comment

asdasd on Thursday, August 16, 2018 11:59 PM
Reply to comment on Friday, August 31, 2018 9:02 AM is Pakistan’s first advance property portal. The portal provides a platform for property buyers and sellers to locate properties of interest and source information on the real estate in a transparent, clear and unambiguous manner.
Reply to comment

Hangover IV Vitamin on Monday, September 17, 2018 8:19 AM
It is really great that we seek our purpose in life. Doing Yoga is one way to cleanse our mind and make sure that we are atoned with the universe.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint