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.