What is Restorative Yoga?
This position allows the heart to be raised while the shoulders fall to the side.
Open the Shoulders
Instructors can gentle put pressure on the shoulders, helping the yogi recognize the stress they are still holding in their shoulders and then take a deep breath and let it go.
Relax the Muscles
Focusing on the breath can help the muscles relax a little deeper with each exhale.
Lower back twist, using props for support.
Lower back twist can be lower or higher depending on the need.
Note the arm support.
Supported child's pose.
Using a bolster to support the lower back.
Leg up the wall. This allows the blood to flow towards the heart, making is a very relaxing experience.
Supported pigeon pose. Lift the hip by placing a blanket, block or bolster under the hip.
Supported pigeon pose. You can use a bolster to place your head and arms on for support.
Upper thigh stretch with supported bolster.
Open the inner thighs.
Using knee support.
Forward fold stretch, using block and bolster for support.
Blanket can be placed under the head or neck.
Bolsters can be a great way to gently stretch the upper and lower back.
Blocks can be used for support.
Using a chair can also be a great way to lift the legs while placing your glutes on a bolster.