How restorative yoga can Help relieve Stress,
By Beatriz Davila
With the fast-paced lifestyle that we all live and the many demands that we face every day, our bodies and minds are challenged a modern problem and dis-ease called: stress.
Regardless of the trigger, stress is often accompanied by negative effects on the body. Such as back pain, muscle tension, headaches, frustration, anger, restlessness. In addition ulcers, poor digestion and elimination, emotional disturbances, depression and more can result.
This can lead to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, mental illnesses and nervousness, immune, endocrine and reproductive dysfunction.
When stress becomes chronic, a residue builds up in the body that can lead to chronic disease.
In a chronically stressed condition, our quality of life is at risk.
The body’s capacity to heal and to “feel good” is compromised. Often one condition leads to another creating a vicious cycle of stress with no end.
So what can we do to take care of our bodies, reduce stress levels and prevent these disorders?
The antidote to stress is RELAXATION and RESTORATIVE YOGA is the answer!
Restorative Yoga supports the body and mind. To access a relaxed state putting the body in a comfortable position, with gentle attention directed toward the breath.
This manifests in reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, enhanced quality of breathing, lower blood pressure, more efficient metabolism, slower brain wave patterns, and slower aging.
We can describe Restorative Yoga as a practice of “active relaxation”.
By supporting the body with props (including yoga blocks, blankets, bolsters and straps), we alternately stimulate and deeply relax the body to move towards balance.
Different restorative poses can be used for different purposes though they all help to calm and quiet the nervous system. Some poses open our breath and lift our spirits when we’re feeling depressed. Other poses are supportive and nurturing when we’re feeling anxious. Lastly, poses that target specific parts of the body where tension accumulates.
Restorative Yoga provides the perfect antidote to stress because it creates an environment to pause, deeply relax and replenish the Nervous System. As a result leaving your body at balance, your mind at calm and ease, replenished and deeply nourished.
If you want to experience the benefits of restorative yoga, call our reception team to book in today!