The Healing Powers of Restorative Yoga

Women practicing yoga

The importance of relaxation and self-regulation practice is growing exponentially as times where stress, and the effects of stress, has reached heightened states. Restorative yoga is a powerful healing practice that deepens our relationship to stillness and silence, a necessary counterpoint to our busy, active lives.

Using props (blocks, blankets, cushions, bolsters) to support the body in positions of ease, postures are held for five to ten minutes without effort or force. Consciously resting offers the body an opportunity to renew and heal by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, the body's natural relaxation response.

Yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater concludes, “during deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the "good cholesterol" levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue. When you stop agitating it, the body starts to repair itself.”