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I am interested in learning more about this form of yoga teaching, Can you give me more information about taking this course?

namaste, Cattisan

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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.

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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 https://www.DomarCenter.com for pain and stress relief and see how it helps during a pregnancy.

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