Getting Started with Restorative Yoga

The purpose of restorative yoga is to encourage deep relaxation: physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s the total package of mind, body, and spirit. I believe anyone could benefit from restorative yoga. In this post, I’ll go over my top 5 favorite benefits and share with you how you can get started with restorative yoga.

5 Benefits of Restorative Yoga

1. Finding Peace in the Midst of Uncertainty
Right now, in this pandemic, you may be experiencing a sense of uncertainty. There may be new obstacles with simple, everyday tasks that didn’t exist before, which can cause frustration, irritation, disappointment, and even anger. With restorative yoga, you can find relaxation in the midst of uncertainty.

2. Helps You Deal with Anxiety in Society
Whether you are dealing with anxiety or not, people around you are. People you encounter in the world are experiencing different levels of stress. This can be contagious, because we are social animals. Acknowledging and having a healthy way to deal with anxiety and stress outside of you can help improve your life.

3. Helps You Address the Anxiety
Given you, your friends, your neighbors, and your community are experiencing anxiety and stress, something needs to be done about it. It’s going to impact your life one way or another. Restorative yoga is a very specific tool you can use to address the world around you in a healthy way.

4. Creates Positive Change in Your Life
When we want to create a positive change and experience benefits from it, it’s important we do something small every day. Oftentimes, we decide we’re going to make big changes quickly. Even if you have the best intentions, it may be difficult to implement big changes. It’s more powerful to take 5 to 15 minutes every day to do something that positively affects your health.

5. Shifts Your Mindset to One that Prioritizes Self-Care
Time spent practicing restorative yoga isn’t wasted. We live in a society that emphasizes work and productivity. There can be feelings of guilt associated with taking time off, even if it’s a 15 minute break. But in reality, when you pause and take time to restore, refresh, and relax…

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Shirley Archer -Eichenberger : The Wellness Sensei

Writes about integrative health, embodied mindfulness and the interrelatedness of life. Follow her on Instagram @shirleyarcher