Restorative Yoga Benefits

by Restorative Yoga Poses on April 11, 2011

Restorative yoga is ideal for anybody craving deep relaxation, time to slow down, and to go deeper into poses. The poses are designed to support the body in ways that provide the body with an opportunity to renew, relax, and heal. There have been numerous studies reporting the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of restorative yoga.

Largely responsible for balancing the body is the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), triggered during restorative yoga practice. The PNS is the rest and digest system which aids in bringing the body back into balance and reduces stress in the body. Equally important, the heart rate and blood pressure are reduced with restorative yoga and regular practice helps to stimulate healthy immune and endocrine systems. When our life is hectic and we ignore the signs to slow down and rest we neglect our body and can create illness and disease. Yoga and meditation are helpful in bringing the body back into balance and ultimately lead to a more healthy, fully functioning body.

Restorative yoga promotes a healthy immune system by increasing the relaxation response and decreasing the often chronic stress response that operates in a chronically overrun system. If you are feeling lethargic, out of balance, mental fog, stress or low energy try restorative yoga poses to gently bring your body back to balance.

The antidote to stress is to relax deeply. In deep relaxation, which differs from sleep, there is no movement, no effort and the brain is silent. In this state, the body is well supported and in a comfortable position, attention is focused on the breath.

Reports have indicated success of deep relaxation in the treatment of high blood pressure, colitis, insomnia, and anxiety. Scientists have also demonstrated reduction of muscular tension and improved circulation as effects of relaxation. Furthermore, the relaxation response has been proven to reduce the heart rate, rate of breathing and improve metabolism. Medications offer similar benefits and may be prescribed by a doctor. Bear in mind, however, the side effects of these drugs on your short and longer term health. Restorative yoga poses are rarely contraindicated though for more fragile bodies, only use under the supervision of a qualified yoga instructor to ensure safety.

Overall, restorative yoga poses have wide-ranging benefits from physical health, to general well-being. When the mind-body-spirit is centered and balanced you are fully able to perform optimally in life. A balanced body supports health and prevents disease. A balanced mind is free to feel inspired and create. A balanced individual is a powerful being with strength to live a life fully.

Live Life Well,
Restorative Yoga Poses

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