Restorative Yoga(19 posts) (13 voices)
I am interested in learning more about this form of yoga teaching, Can you give me more information about taking this course?
In Restorative Yoga, the postures are held a while longer (from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on the posture) and the use of props is encouraged. There is quite a bit more information about props and anatomy in this style. Most of the clientele are middle-aged and many of the teachers would be familiar with Yoga for Seniors and physically challenged individuals.
Is it possible to get a Restorative Yoga teacher course that has been slightly used? Similar to the scratch and dent sale?
Hi Priyah: Talk to Paul, he will work with you on a scratch & dent version of the restorative course. You will find him to be very fair.
I have been practicing yoga postures for more than thirty years. During that time I have developed yoga postures to adjust to aging and to my different types of arthritic needs. I have rheumatoid arthritis but can practice yoga, swim, run and perform daily tasks with ease such as painting, tai chi and riding a bike. Yoga has made this possible as I start with yoga for restoration daily and have since I was 20 years old. Every posture can be arranged for the restorative mode if the instructor takes plenty of time and works with long warm ups.
In my classes that I teach, I also move at a slow pace and as a student (I believe teachers are still students as well) can take yoga classes any where in the world that I might find myself. I courageously try different instructors who have not been aware of the need to warm up so during those classes I have experienced injury. Now that I instruct, I know
that I will use my experiences to help others warm up adequately and be sensitive to select moves that the students can do or that will enhance their restoration. For example, I cant perform a headstand with the bone formation in my neck but I can perform a very good shoulderstand! My knees are weak areas for sitting lotus postures so I use standing warm ups before sitting meditation or relaxation.
Can anyone recommend the best restorative Yoga postures for hip openers. I have a middle-aged to senior Yoga group. All of them can get down on the mat, but some are having difficulty in the process of getting down and up off the Yoga mat.
We are working on balancing issues, but some prescriptions make balancing asanas a bit more of a challenge in a Yoga class. We do have chairs available for those students who have difficulty with balance and moving to or from the floor.
The hips open after the series of sun salutations that I recommend. The first uses down dog to child's pose to down dog. The next adds warriors 1 and 2 and side stretch after down dog. Next, we perform a salutation that includes half moon side stretches and mudra that we hold to open the hips. The next two involve the use of locust and flying bird. I find that if we perform 12 salutations in various stages that the body especially the hip area warms up.
I also recommend the new yoga series by muriel hemingway and rodney yee called yoga now. They use arm swings and jumps as warm ups. Twists are also useful as well as iyengar side stretch with legs open and enough flexion and rotation before trying to get up and down. The entire class can be performed on two feet too.
Thank you Maryann,
I appreciate your quick answer and will pick up the Yoga video series you mentioned.
Could someone explain to me why the restorative yoga teacher training course is so "inexpensive." It defies logic to keep it at such a cost. Some of the books in this course are 40 bucks a piece and they are so heavy you could knock some one out with one. I'm not complaining but this was the best deal out of all the different yoga teacher training package I saw.
Thanks for the tip. Are you complaining because you would like to pay more for the restorative course?
You made a good point. The problem is when yoga courses or classes are to reasonable people don't appreciate it. Asa it would be - thet think something is wrong with it. Paul's courses are the best yoga teacher training correspondence courses on the market. It would be fair to say the rest of them are fitness courses. Written by personal training associations and graded by people who don't give you any feedback. One of the associations will also certify you in a hundred different computer programs or as a yoga teacher.
In comparison all of the courses Aura wellness center produces have to do with Yoga. Paul, Marie, and Jane are veteran yoga teachers.
The Restorative course is a big value for a modest price. No complaints, I just know exams take two week to turn around, and the reason is because Paul is taking the time to grade them and give us feedback. There should be a value in that.
Just so anyone knows, the Aura restorative yoga teacher training course is 320 hours of serious WORK. It is rewarding, but it is not an easy course. The anatomy section was the most difficult for me, but again what you learn will make you so aware, when you teach your own students.
Additionally, what you learn about props is far beyond the knowledge of any yoga teachers I network with. Most teachers still don't understand how to use props or even have them available in their class rooms. You will know how to use every common yoga prop imaginable and you will know how to help students with many different health conditions.
I would like to talk about restorative yoga in general.
Restorative Yoga is for everyone. Each pose can be individualised to suit any injury or tightness. The restorative sequence are designed to move the spine in all directions. It stimulates and soothes the organs.
I agree that restorative yoga sequences are based upon creating a therapeutic set of asanas and pranayama to work the spine and massage the internal organs. As the number of people over 50 increases the most popular forms of hatha yoga may become restorative and chair yoga. One could make the argument that chair yoga is a form of restorative yoga.
Hi Jay and Yogi,
About restorative yoga - it is the opening to yoga as a form of therapy. Massaging the internal organs and mildly adjusting the spine are so good for daily health.
I'm not sure I understand. "It isn’t like the yoga you may have done at your local community classes."
True, most yoga classes around me teach flowing vinyasa sequences.
"You work actively at the postures until your body begins to easily move through a sequence, or flow, of movements."
What do you define as a flow? How long do you practice your restorative postures? Restorative classes that I participated in could be called a sequence, but the asanas were held for 1 to 3 minutes each. I'm not sure you could call that a flow. Please share your thoughts.
LibendiaPosted 3 years ago #
There is "Restorative Yoga Flow." That being a slower sequence than you see in the average yoga class. The postures may be held for a few breaths or more and move on to the next asana in the sequence.
Restorative yoga is a kind of yoga practice that rely on props such as chairs, yoga blocks, yoga straps, blankets, walls, etc. The props are utilized to aid the body in yoga positions without exerting too much effort. The key word in this kind of yoga is restorative, and the aim is to open your body via passive stretching exercises.
It is specifically designed as a gentler alternative to the more physical disciplines of yoga to help you exercise when you feel tired and fatigued. The poses are adaptations of seated and supine poses, bolstered by the props to ensure a restful session. The idea is to feel relaxed and renewed throughout the session. These yoga poses are mainly geared towards moving the spine in different exercises to add strength and flexibility to the back, further emphasizing the ancient yogic belief that a healthy spine equals a healthy wellbeing.
Anyone can practice restorative yoga, and it is highly recommended if you're sick, recovering from injury or childbirth, suffer from fatigue, headaches, hypertension, neck problems, indigestion, menstrual pain, etc. This particular discipline is practiced by many women as an alternative treatment to infertility, as it has been shown to aid in fertility and pregnancy.
Science suggests that this particular form of yoga helps to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which serves to balance the body and quickly restore its response system. Stimulating the PNS has shown to have a positive effect in lowering high blood pressure and heart rate, boosting the immune system and the endocrine system.
If you're attending a class for the first time, expect them to be very relaxing. It is also a good practice to complement the more active types of yoga. The teacher will provide all the necessary props for you to carry out your stretches, and since it is not as active as other kinds of yoga, a blanket may be wrapped around you in case it gets chilly. When the props are in place you will be asked to hold the poses for about twenty minutes or more. It may seem boring and repetitive, but the effects of the stretching will definitely be felt all over your body.
Relaxation and stress relief are some of the positive effects of practicing yoga, and restorative yoga is a great way to provide your body a gentle workout when you feel too tired to do the more complicated types of yoga.
What Are the Restorative Yoga Poses and Sequences?
By Arianna Benson
Yoga is an exercise that has therapeutic affects for many individuals, helping to relieve stress and promote overall wellness of the mind and the body. It is practiced by individuals as a routine exercise to stay healthy both mentally and physically, but may also be used to help patients with certain conditions or ailments find relief. It may also help women who wish to become pregnant promote fertility health and may be helpful for pregnant women looking to work towards a healthy pregnancy.
Restorative yoga is a type of yoga that involves utilizing props to position the body into certain poses. Blocks, pillows, blankets, balls, chairs, the wall, sandbags and other objects may be used as props so the body may rest, but not sleep. This form of yoga is intended to allow the body to heal and renew itself, as this form of yoga helps trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, or PNS. This is responsible for helping the body response system return to equilibrium and balancing the body.
Some examples of restorative yoga poses include the passive backbend, reclining butterfly pose, supported standing forward bend, supported extended leg pose, supported downward facing dog, supported head-on-the-knee pose, supported lying twist, inverted cleansing pose and supported child's pose. Instructors may provide different sequence suggestions, and many poses may be practiced alone or in just about any order because they are so gentle.
A restorative yoga sequence will focus on maintaining the relaxing atmosphere in the room. One thing to consider is that by using props and positioning them for support, it may take a minute to set up the pose, which may interrupt the flow of the exercise. If this seems like it will be a problem for you, suggest to your instructor to choose more poses that require little or no setup. As you continue the exercise hold each pose a bit longer each time.
How you transition from one pose to the next may vary. Your instructor may ring a gentle chime, may simply speak when it is time to transition or may use another calm signal to let you know it is time to change poses. One of the most important things to remember throughout each session is that the idea is to relax and let the body heal and renew. Allow yourself to do so by embracing the calming, relaxing atmosphere created by restorative yoga.
Arianna has more information on restorative yoga for pregnant women. Take a look at your convenience at http://www.DomarCenter.com for pain and stress relief and see how it helps during a pregnancy.
If you are someone who suffers from constant fatigue and illness, then restorative Yoga might be for you. Restorative Yoga will help you relax completely which will boost your immune system. It is a great stress reliever for those times in your life when you are pushed to your limits.
This type of Yoga also uses props, such as blankets, straps, pillows, blocks, bolsters, walls, stools, chairs, or a mat, to support the body, which will allow you to hold poses longer. This eliminates unnecessary straining. It is believed that the more support your body is given, the more peaceful and restful you will be during and after your Yoga practice. As you begin practicing restorative Yoga, you will be able to drop into a place of great contentment.
There are many benefits from the deep restfulness that comes from restorative Yoga. Some of the believed benefits are lowered blood pressure, a balancing of serum triglycerides and blood sugar, an increase in good cholesterol, improved digestive functions, reduction of muscle tension, increased restful sleep and reduction in fatigue.
Restorative Yoga is also believed to improve fertility. At this time, many different medical studies are taking place to evaluate the therapeutic forms of Yoga. Restorative Yoga is definitely classified as a therapeutic form of Yoga.
The poses of restorative Yoga are designed to provide support and help the body to relax. This is often referred to as active relaxation. The poses also move the spinal column in all directions which goes along with the ancient principle of physical Yoga – the belief that a healthy spine promotes well-being.
When it comes to props, you should use whatever is needed to give your body the most support. That is one of the main the purposes of restorative Yoga. It is believed that the longer you can hold a posture, the more relaxed you will become.
You should also take the time to adjust your props so that you are comfortable. If a prop is out of place, you are out of alignment during your restorative Yoga session which defeats the purpose of what you are trying to accomplish. The poses of restorative Yoga are the same as Hatha Yoga. However, the use of props makes them more “user friendly.”
Here are three Yoga poses for relaxation and restoration:
• The first one is the simple supported back bend. This pose stretches the lower middle back and opens the chest and shoulders and is good for relieving stress.
• Another posture is viparita karani. The purpose of this pose is gentle inversion.
• The third pose is the supported pasichimottanasana or forward bend. This pose is good for those who have lower back problems or tight hamstrings. It opens the leg muscles and stretches the back. It is a great resting position.
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