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Restorative Yoga Positions To Get You Back To Good
Restorative yoga is a style of practice designed to relax and revitalize the mind, body, and spirit. Restorative yoga falls into hatha yoga, a classical form of yoga that is meant to strengthen and stretch the body’s muscles in preparation for extended, meditative sitting. It can also release tension and anxiety, relieve pain, improve mental health, and help in weight loss.
Restorative poses work best when they are practiced regularly over a long period. These poses do not necessarily require a lot of physical exertion. Still, people find that they need to increase their intensity during their practices to reach the poses’ full benefits. However, restful, restorative poses should not be practiced for any length of time unless they are thoroughly planned and practiced.
Restorative poses help to rejuvenate the mind by focusing attention on the breath. The purpose of the posture is to open up the heart and bring about a sense of openness within the body. The focus is on the breath and on the entire body being held still at one point. The breath itself may be an inhale, or an exhale.
Several different poses are available for restorative yoga. Some of these include asanas that involve the back or thighs. Others that affect the feet are asanas such as adho mukha svanasana (touching the toes with the forearms in front of the head). A few others, like mudra dandasana (cross-legged standing forward bend), asana vrittisana (lying on the side on one’s back with hands on the buttocks), and bhujang matrikasana (legs crossed in front of the thighs) are variations of the usual types of restorative yoga poses.
Yoga positions that are done lying down or sitting may also be included in this type of practice. Many yoga positions are made with the legs placed in a cross-legged position with the toes pointed toward the navel direction. Other positions include standing meditations, feet in, both feet touching the floor or putting them on one another and facing away from the front, and placing the forearms on the thighs or on the shoulders.
Some restorative poses are performed in a sitting position. These include asanas such as Shavasana (standing with the arms resting behind the head). Or in a semi-circular motion in front of the feet while bending the spine. In either posture, the knees are kept slightly bent and the chest up. This allows the head to remain level with the spine while opening the throat and opening the upper airway for a deeper relaxation level.
Other poses may include media dandasana (cross-legged lying forward bend) and mudra vrittisana (lying down on one’s back or on one’s front with hands on the buttocks). These can also be performed standing or in a standing meditative posture. For example, media samadhi (cross-legged standing forward bend) may be practiced on the floor to create a rolling motion.
Restorative yoga is not just about relaxing the body and mind. There are also other benefits to these poses, such as increased energy levels, enhanced strength and flexibility, improved mental well-being, and increased flexibility.
Restorative yoga poses are generally considered more gentle on the joints than other forms of yoga, which means they can be used for healing in joints such as the knee and shoulder. While posing such as in ashtanga pranayama (fastest paced, intense flow through the whole body), yoga is not suitable for those suffering from arthritis. Restorative yoga poses work well with people who suffer from other forms of arthritis. Many yoga practitioners have benefited from the healing properties of these poses, and they can help ease joint pain and stiffness.
Restorative yoga poses help alleviate depression, as well as many other physical and mental conditions. The ability to achieve a balance between a healthy lifestyle and the ability to heal by stretching and strengthening the body is often the goal of many people who practice yoga.
Although some yoga poses have a particular purpose, restorative yoga poses do not need to be confined to a specific purpose. They can be used to improve balance, ease tension, strengthen the muscles, and relieve pain and stiffness in various joints.