We sat down with Sandra Rome, E-RYT 200, and Kyla Remus, RYT 500 and Level I Relax & Renew Instructor, for a conversation on the importance of restorative yoga in today's fast-paced world. Sandra and Kyla are passionate about this nourishing practice. Read on to learn how restorative yoga can benefit your practice and life.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Kyla - Restorative yoga is a relaxing form of yoga that helps one release in a pose with props and lots of support. Some would say it is the most challenging yoga because of the self-reflection and lingering in a pose.
Sandra - I would add that restorative yoga introduces breathing techniques to heal the effects of stress as well. It's a gateway to deep relaxation and the cultivation of mindfulness. Restorative poses are poses of being, rather than doing—and we are almost always doing in today's world. It's important to take time to be.
Who is restorative yoga good for?
Both - Everyone regardless of age or experience. We all need to rest!
How did you discover restorative yoga? How has it helped you on your journey?
Kyla - I discovered Judith Hanson Lasater’s book “Living Your Yoga” which lead me to “Relax and Renew.” I then studied with her, at Sandra’s suggestion. After many years of workshops, I finally became a Relax and Renew level one certified teacher! This practice has helped me tremendously personally and professionally. It has led me to have more compassion for myself and others.
Sandra - Just living on the planet we are bombarded and life is stressful. Our flight or fight response is over-activated and it is as if our foot is always on the gas pedal. It is even more crucial now to stimulate our rest and digest state, or the parasympathetic nervous system. I call this slowly putting on the brakes. Learning how to take charge of our own responses. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort and the brain is quiet. Restorative yoga is a way to practice putting on the brakes, and helps ease us into this important rest and digest state.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Sandra - When you relax deeply your muscles release, your blood pressure and stress hormones drop, and your heart rate, breathing and brain waves slow down. Regularly quieting your mind and body may help you sleep better, and reduce your anxiety. It also has therapeutic effects on the heart, and on your immune, digestive, and nervous systems.
Kyla - With the series coming up we hope to share, each week, practices people can take home and use to decompress and restore. We plan to look at different areas of the body and share active and restorative poses for a few common areas of resistance and tension. We are very excited to share this practice.
Please join Kyla and Sandra for their four-part series, Diving Deep Into Rest. This class meets four times, from 6:30 - 8:00pm on Sunday nights, beginning September 10.