Stress Accelerates Aging
We hear it often, STRESS is the number one cause of illness and premature aging. Although, we think we are managing it the best we can, our bodies are telling a much different story. So we try DOING all sorts of things to decrease it, but still feel the affects of chronic underlying stress. What if you could decrease your stress by just BEING and not always DOING?
What is Restorative Yoga?
When I tell people that I teach yoga, they often comment that they have either tried it and didn’t like it or have convinced themselves that they can’t do it. Then I ask them if they have tried RESTORATIVE yoga?, and this is what I typically hear, “What’s that?”.
I started doing restorative yoga about ten years ago and started teaching it about 8 years ago because I absolutely fell in love with it. One of the main reasons I teach it is that EVERY ONE and EVERY BODY can do restorative yoga.
A restorative yoga class involves typically 3-5 poses, lying down on your mat, fully supported by props so that you can completely relax and breathe. This allows your body to open naturally with the assistance of gravity; and YES! gravity is our ‘friend’ in restorative yoga (wink). Then, each pose is held for 3-5 minutes. You can self-adjust anything at anytime to enhance your comfort. For most of the class your eyes are closed, and you are listening to my voice and soothing music. This is why I feel so comfortable teaching my classes online. It is safe and you are in control of your comfort, you listen to your body and let it guide you. Check out this picture of one of my favorite end of day poses:
You can see from the photo that you can also “strike a pose” at any time. I sit a lot during the day when I am coaching so I will often kick off my shoes and lie down in this pose for 3-5 minutes to get everything opened back up before I go into my evening. I ALWAYS feel better after doing this.
The Benefits of Restorative Yoga
A restorative yoga practice can offer a very peaceful, relaxed way of exercising and moving the body. It opens the body in a deep and profound way creating more flexibility and ease of movement. It also lowers blood pressure, loosens tight hips and tight spinal muscles and promotes natural blood flow throughout your body. All this while lying still and breathing… how awesome is that?
Still Wondering if You Should Try Restorative Yoga?
Here are my TOP FIVE reasons to start your restorative practice today:
- You have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep at night
- You feel stiff and achy upon rising and throughout the day
- You cannot turn off the constant chatter in your mind
- You’re tired and feel overwhelmed with your “to do” list
- You checked your smartphone while reading this blog
Ready to give it a try? What have you got to loose?… maybe years of stress held in your body.
Check out how you can easily bring restorative yoga into your life, along with a bunch of other goodies in The Joy Lab Take A Peek