Gentle and Restorative Yoga is a highly specific form of yoga and relaxation that makes yoga available to you even if you have physical limitations. Your strength and flexibility may be limited as the result of injuries, aging, strokes, stress, anxiety, or because you are recovering from surgery. Yoga, however, is based on a philosophy of non-harming, and gentle and restorative yoga embodies the essence of this philosophy. The beauty of yoga is that it can be adapted to each individual’s needs. Even if you cannot get down on the floor or do standing exercises, there are many yoga stretches and restorative postures that can be done while sitting in a chair.
Even if you are an advanced student, you can benefit from gentle and restorative yoga. In this culture, our everyday, energy-draining states of tension have become the norm; we have forgotten how it feels to be truly relaxed. If you need to learn to relax and let go, gentle and restorative yoga is a wonderful tool for rejuvenation and increased energy.
A gentle and restorative session begins with general warm-ups, progresses to gentle stretches that ease restricted, tight, painful areas of the body, and culminates in restorative yoga postures. In these postures, props such as mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks, and belts are used to enable you to safely access and benefit from sustained stretches regardless of physical condition or age. Props allow you to stay in the postures long enough to release tension, lengthen the muscles, create space in the joints, and experience deeper levels of relaxation.