Monday, April 19, 2010

Gearing Up for Restorative Yoga

Having one of those days? You know, your in-laws are driving you crazy, you’ve got to finish that project before the deadline, and your car just started making a strange whirring sound. It’s more than anybody can handle. You just need some relief.

If you’ve ever practiced restorative yoga, then you already know how effective deep relaxation poses can be in combating stress. And while it’s all about letting go of tension, restorative yoga can also be a potential antidote for chronic back and other pain. In fact, studies have shown that meditation and relaxation techniques, with proper support and medical guidance, can positively impact menopausal and pregnant women, as well as patients with certain forms of cancer.

As restorative postures are designed for support, comfort, and balance, many rely heavily on the use of yoga props. Blocks, pillows, rugs, blankets, eyebags and the right mat can all contribute to a deeper sense of relaxation. Over the next few posts, we'll take a look at which props can best enhance your practice.