Restorative Yoga: The Pause That Refreshes

Many of you need the ability to relax after a long hard day, and restorative yoga is just the ticket to get you there. Its aim is to help reinvigorate your energies by helping you to relax and unwind. Jeanne Millsap at the Herald-News writes about this increasingly popular variation of traditional yoga practice, which is really catching on in the Chicago area.

Restorative Yoga: The Pause That Refreshes

Restorative yoga has just the opposite goal. It aims to restore, refresh, relax, renew and rejuvenate. There are poses, and they are held for minutes at a time, but it’s not contracted muscles that maintain the poses. Various props, such as pillows and blankets, are used to position the body so that ultimate muscle relaxation is achieved.

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Restorative Yoga refreshes and restores your energy. Photo by Jupiterimages c/o Photos.Com.

“Restorative yoga is about letting go of your stresses,” said certified instructor Kim Swanson, who teaches the classes at Provena Saint Joseph Inwood Athletic Club in Joliet. “The postures honor the body and allow you to release the stress you may have accumulated during the day.”

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Restorative yoga can deliver you from your end of day stress and fatigue. This style of yoga will also rejuvenate, relax and realign your body. This style of yoga is easy on the body and not difficult to do at all, so practically anyone can do it. A good yoga teacher who is properly certified can easily guide you in the proper techniques.

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A lot of exercise is mindless; you can have music or the radio on and not be aware. But if you’re aware in anything you do – and it doesn’t have to be yoga – it changes you. Being present changes you.                                                              —  Mariel Hemingway

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