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Online Restorative Yoga

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Running on empty? Grumpy, weary, or anxious?

Get settled and relaxed in a practice of Restorative Yoga. With the support of blankets, blocks, and bolsters, this soothing, deeply relaxing practice will help you manage stress, settle down, and leave you feeling refreshed.

You will need blankets, pillows, bolsters, and any other cozy-making things to support your body in this practice.

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About Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is an inward, receptive practice that creates expansion and/or grounding in a physically passive way with the use of props. The goal of Restorative Yoga practice is to create a safe and supportive space for the body so that tension will be released, a relaxation response will be initiated and the mind has the opportunity to observe and eventually learn the body and mind’s process of relaxing. For more on the power of Restorative Yoga, check out Tara's personal grounding practice originally published in  in Yoga Journal!

Understanding Restorative Yoga

One way to understand Restorative Yoga is to see it as a bridge between active asana and meditation. Active asana will create spaciousness, stretching, and expanding. The practitioner is the doer, and the body responds as receiver.

What Happens During Restorative Yoga

In Restorative Yoga, there’s opening and expansion but no active stretching. Restorative yoga poses don’t increase range of motion nor build strength. Prop utilization creates sensations of complete comfort so practitioners are only the receiver.

Addressing tension in a Restorative Yoga practice is more than just muscular tightness. However, that kind of physical tension releases during practice. Certified yoga therapist Jillian Pransky defines tension in the context of restorative practice as “the body’s way of forming resistance over places of vulnerability.” This means the practice addresses tension that includes both a physical and psycho-emotional component.

Restorative Yoga is effective for managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, high blood pressure and gastrointestinal disorders. Restorative Yoga is also ideal for anyone recovering from illness or injury. For more information, join Tara for an online Restorative Yoga class.

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