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Benefits of restorative yoga

The best way to describe the benefits of restorative yoga is to perhaps ask what aren`t the benefits of restorative yoga? If you have suffered from stress, trauma, injury, or illness, this practice can help you heal. If you are just a regular person, with a normal amount of stress in your life, and want to continue to feel good in your body, this practice will help you maintain that well-being.

 

Physical benefits:

  • Prevents disease: the poses lower cortisol levels in the system, blood pressure levels lower, as well as glucose levels.
  • Helps relieve women`s issues: restorative yoga can be therapeutic for pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause.
  • Restores after surgery.
  • Helps relieve cold and flu symptoms.
  • Provides headache relief: headaches can be caused by tension or a pinched nerve near the spine; they also can stem from migraines, which are typically vascular and can occur for woman more than men due to their menses.
  • Provides relief from carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Helps reduce obesity: if you reduce stress, you reduce cortisol and then glucose, which leads to weight loss.
  • Relieves sciatica: many restorative poses create traction that takes pressure off the nerve.
  • Relieves symptoms from spinal cord injuries: restorative poses and breathing techniques are very helpful in improving muscle function.
  • Gives you more energy: resting is underrated by our society. In fact, most people are sleep deprived, and try to make up for it by drinking caffeinated beverages, which in turn keeps them from being able to sleep, and so on. It creates a vicious cycle. When practising restorative yoga, nervous system relax and create a state of rest in the body, without actually sleeping.

 

Psychological benefits:

Stress reduction:

The effects of stress  have reached epidemic proportions in our lives, and stress-related diseases have become a medical speciality.

Sometimes the effects of stress present themselves during milestone life events: marriage, birth of a child, getting a new job, or death of a loved one. Other times it`s the little things that get us as we try to juggle the myriad responsibilities of job and family. Regardless of the trigger, stress is often accompanied by one or more negative effects-impatience, frustration, irritation, anger, muscle tension, headache, indigestion, or poor elimination. When stress becomes chronic, a residue builds up in the body that can lead to disease.


Body and mind are connected.


Anxiety is a common psychological ill of our society, and creates a "hypervigilance" in the muscles of the body, leading them to become tightened and inflexible. Restorative yoga  gives you an opportunity to really dissolve physical tension. But above all, it gives you an opportunity to "check in" with your body, to get in touch with it and gain control over your thoughts.