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What is Restorative Yoga?
We have collectively deprioritized and abandoned practices that cultivate rest. Scrolling social media and watching videos on the couch is not rest. To rest is to cease movement, relax into the “now” and feel fully supported. The rest that Restorative Yoga cultivates is a deep surrender into the moment, a release of the whole self. This surrender allows you to perfect the doing of undoing. Restorative Yoga requires ambition – ambition to not have an agenda, preferably for an hour or more.
In technical terms, Restorative Yoga is the art and science of persuading the nervous system into states of parasympathetic dominance – cycling the relaxation response to stimulate the vagus nerve as it weaves through all vital systems of your body. Parasympathetic dominance brought on by Restorative Yoga can feed and nourish the vital organs with blood flow, balance hormones, soothe anxiety, and lower heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar. There are so many wholesome benefits to be gained from “not doing.” No pharmaceutical drug can claim all these benefits. And unlike pharmaceuticals, Restorative Yoga has no adverse side effects.