Hot damn, this yoga video couldn’t have come at a more synchronistic time in my life.
If you’re part of the “tribe”, then you read my email last week about how my body needs a break from the heavy vinyasa, stretchy type of yoga that I love so dearly…. and instead, focus on restorative yoga, mindfulness, and strengthening my weaknesses.
So, this video is perfectly aligned with my restore, relax, rest, and rejuvenate theme.
And it’s another morning yoga video to help you wake up, move your body, connect with your breath, and begin your day in a great way! If you missed the previous morning yoga classes or are new around here, take a moment to peruse through them below.
Now, let’s talk about today’s yoga class and restorative yoga in general.
For today, you can expect a mix of gentle yoga postures that inspire intentional movement, breath work, and simply feeling good. We won’t be holding postures for an extended period of time or using yoga props for this morning routine, although you are more than welcome to add your favorite props in.
As you move through this short sequence to awaken your body, I invite you to use this mantra/affirmation – I am at peace.
You can repeat this mantra out loud, silently in your head, or write it down in front of you as you move through the postures that I offer you. If you’re new to mantra work, there’s no right or wrong, but I like to repeat it a few times out loud and return to it as my mind wanders.
Essentially, it’s an anchor to help keep you present!
One important note I want to mention before we dive into the information below, today’s class is not considered a true restorative class, while it does include restorative-like movements, it’s more so a gentle yoga flow that aims to create restoration for your body, mind, and soul.
And with that out of the way, let’s keep jamming for a few more moments! In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing a handful of restorative yoga practices to help reduce pain, inflammation, and tightness in specific areas of the body and/or for specific ailments, think things like yoga for asthma, anxiety, menopause, and sciatica.
These classes will require props, like a whole family of props, and most importantly – your willingness to soften and surrender – which for me, is the biggest challenge with restorative and yin style yoga practices, along with meditation.
…..I think my own words are trying to tell me something here, slow the eff down Allie. So to help us all better prepare for the new yoga classes and understand restorative yoga a bit better, I want to unpack the benefits of it and what props you’ll need to fully experience the practice. Let’s start with the props.
- two yoga blocks
- a blanket
- a bolster
- a sandbag (optional, but nice to own)
- an eye pillow (also optional, but so recommended)
And now, the benefits.
Helps prevent disease:
Restorative yoga can prevent ailments like heart diseases and diabetes, due to it’s ability to lower cortisol levels in the system (aka stress and anxiety). Once cortisol lowers and you’re in a sate of relaxation, the blood pressure levels can then lower too.
Helps support women:
Restorative yoga can be beneficial for women who are pregnant, menstruating, or going through menopause as it can help balance hormonal levels, ease physical discomfort from bloating and cramps, and create buoyancy when feeling weighed down by carrying a baby.
Helps relieve common illnesses:
….like the cold or flu. We all know that rest is the number one ingredient to healing the body and restorative yoga definitely fits into this prescription due to it’s calming, relaxing nature. Also, there are specific postures that one can do to relieve sinus pressure, increase circulation, and help you breathe better.
Provides headache relief:
Like the above benefits, this one is similar in that the relaxed state we can experience lends itself to relieving tension, releasing the grip of anxiety, and promoting better blood circulation… which can lead to headache relief.
….. halle-effing-lujah, this is the part of I’ve been waiting for. Specific restorative postures can help aid in creating traction that takes the pressure of the sciatic nerve and mixed with the relaxed state that it creates, it’s a perfect cocktail to say see ya to sciatica and welcome in pain free living.
Helps reduce obesity:
I feel like a broken record, but again, the relaxed state that restorative yoga creates is the leading reason why it has so many benefits. In this instance, it helps to lower cortisol levels which signals the body to reduce it’s glucose production, leading to potential to weight loss.
In addition to everything listed here, also know that restorative yoga provides a handful of psychological benefits like stress reduction, ease within the body, presence within your life, patience within your relationships, balance among your energies, and a healing quality for your chakra system.
In the coming weeks, I hope you choose to join me for these restorative yoga classes that will promote healing from the outside in. And if not, always remember there’s a LARGE library of past yoga classes awaiting you, which you can access here.
Now let’s get started with today’s morning yoga practice!
Hey! I’m Allie.
I’m a self-growth student, freedom-seeker, yoga teacher and the founder of a tight-knit online yoga community: the Body Mind Soul Studio. I’m here to teach you how to transform your life on-and-off-the-mat with a holistic yoga practice.
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