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Restorative Yoga: Healing Through Stillness
Maxine calls restorative yoga her yoga medicine.
As an anxious type who has experienced my own challenges with mental health, slowing down and getting quiet has often felt overwhelming. For most of my life, I was addicted to being busy. At times, I have even used my yoga practice as a way to keep busy and keep moving to avoid a deeper encounter with myself that accompanies the still and quiet.
What is Restorative Yoga?
In restorative yoga practice the focus is not on stretching and strengthening but on releasing. By releasing tension in the body and freeing up the breath, we may powerfully affect change in the actual structure of the body and the state of the mind.
Restorative yoga allows us to relearn the art of relaxation while developing the skills and abilities to self-soothe. It enhances our healing capacity by helping us regulate the stress response and re-balance the nervous system. By helping us to access the parasympathetic Nervous System, learning to put the body back into rest and digest,
improve the function of our immune system, reduce muscle tension, help with insomnia, and so many other vital benefits.
Restorative yoga helps to combat the physical and mental effects of everyday stress and helps to ease common ailments such as:
Boosts the Immune system
Deeply relaxes the body