5 Signs Restorative Yoga is Right for You

Yogis are conservative. Yogis are wild. Let’s face it, yogis are a mixed bag of mat-toting men and women. It’s a good thing there are many types of yoga — a style for every kind of practitioner. Are you currently in need of some stress relief, and looking to get more in touch with your body and soul? Here are 5 signs that indicate the calming practice of restorative yoga is right for you…

1. Your Soul Seeks Peace

More than any other type of yoga, restorative yoga focuses on the recuperative experience. If you find yourself clinging to calm, you could definitely benefit from a bit of restorative yoga.

2. You Wouldn’t Mind Sleeping In…if you could

Most of us have to live by an alarm clock– our schedules demand it. Having the ability to rise and shine is beyond me. If you’d rather linger in bed, corpse posing beneath the sheets a while, restorative yoga may be just what you need.

3. You Need a Work In

Restorative yoga is a calming practice, one that invites slower movements, and the inward stroke of self-reflection. It’s a workout that’s more about the work in.

Unlike Power yoga, where sweaty squats and sports drinks may be a part of the game, restorative yoga is more about respite than rockin’ it out. There will be no intense arm balances in this class!

4. You’re Ready for the Engagement 

I’m not talking commitment or rings, although restorative yoga is about engagement. It’s about feeling the breath in your belly, and opening the body through passive stretching. Mindfulness is where it’s at, and it’s what restorative yoga offers.

If you’re all about engagement, restorative yoga is your jam.

5. You’re  So Done with The Drama 

Restorative yoga is a means to detach from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, to leave drama at the door. As we melt into our mats, making Child’s Pose our prayer, we offer ourselves to the practice. We connect with our bodies, and let go of everything that feels encumbering. We are detached from the frenzy, awakened to our souls, and fully open to every amazing thing the universe is offering.

If you’re looking for the antidote to stress, give restorative yoga a shot. There’s just one condition: you must be willing to bring your body and soul.

Mantra: Peace is a practice rather than a path. It’s not something I find; it’s something I choose.

 

16 Comments
  • Heather McMechan
    December 28, 2015

    Yoga is my jam for 2016. I feel like if I don’t do this class I’m unraveled by the weekend.

    • Rica Lewis
      December 28, 2015

      Awesome, Heather! Thanks for reading and commenting. Keep your yoga flowing 🙂

  • Courtney
    December 28, 2015

    I’m in a small town and limited to videos, but I work with what I have. It works for now but I have a tendency to sniff out classes when I’m traveling!

    • Rica Lewis
      December 28, 2015

      I actually prefer a home practice, Courtney. I’m more focused when I’m alone with my mat. Either way, you nailed it when you said you “work with what you have.” That’s the spirit!

  • Beth Moody
    December 29, 2015

    I’ve been doing home practice for 25 years, but when there are times when I search out a class. When I’m physically hurt. 2. When my practice is stale 3. When I need the benefits of restorative yoga. There is nothing like it.

    • Rica Lewis
      December 29, 2015

      Absolutely, Beth! My practice feels a bit stale right now so I may visit a studio soon just to recharge and add some new poses to my repertoire. Thanks for stopping in here.

  • Tamuria
    December 29, 2015

    I used to do yoga a few years ago and loved it, then life kind of distracted me and it fell away. Your blog always inspires me to start again and I definitely tick the 5 signs I need it. Thank you for the inspiration – a new year and new beginning just days away and yoga is back on the agenda. 🙂

    • Rica Lewis
      December 29, 2015

      Awesome, Tamuria! Let’s mutually motivate each other in the coming year. You inspire me with your comments 🙂

  • Shari Eberts
    December 29, 2015

    Sounds wonderful. I often do Bikram yoga but like to try other styles as well.

  • Heather
    December 30, 2015

    I could really benefit from yoga to just clear my mind! It’s always racing.

    • Rica Lewis
      December 31, 2015

      Mine too, Heather. I’m always “on,” which is why I value yoga so much!

  • Allison Jones
    December 30, 2015

    I love yoga. I’ve done Bikram before, but never this form. I’ll have to check it out.

    Happy New Year,
    Allison

  • Cori
    December 31, 2015

    My work offers a yoga session once a week, and I think I’ll join it this year.

  • Becki S
    December 31, 2015

    I have recently found that I love Yoga Nidra and the restorative benefits of this type of yoga. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rica Lewis
      December 31, 2015

      I love that there’s a yoga practice for every person, and we can explore various styles and find what fits. Good for you, Becki! Thanks for commenting.

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