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What is Restorative Yoga?

And more importantly what am I restoring? My first day on the new blog. Ready, set, go!

Restorative in a Nutshell  Cultivating Relaxation
Passive, supported poses using props with no muscular effort at all.  The goal being that without the muscular tension to hold you up, one can begin to be more spacious and receptive.  Letting go of the habitual way we hold ourselves, whether it is the physical body, where and how we breathe and the mental and emotional holds.
When you let go of these holds, the relaxation response kicks in and the energy begins to flow again to the organs bringing greater blood flow.  It stabilizes the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  A full restorative practice will move and align the spine in all directions.
It is a meditative practice with some hatha yoga qualities because you may be supported in for example a childs pose or in a twist.  For some a meditation practice may be a bit daunting and restorative can bridge the two practices.
A full restorat…