Welcome back to another week of learning how to practice yoga! The past few weeks I have been trying out the different types of yoga. This week, I found an article that outlines the 11 Types of Yoga and decided to try out “Restorative Yoga“. This type of yoga reminded me a lot of the hatha yoga I was practicing a couple weeks ago.
After a quick google search, I found another article titled: What is Restorative Yoga? that taught me everything about restorative yoga. The article mentioned that restorative yoga is a completely different experience than most other styles of yoga because you hardly move at all! Restorative yoga is a relaxing practice that holds yoga poses for a longer period of time using props like yoga blocks, blankets, and pillows. It is a practice of deep relaxation that emphasizes the meditative aspect of yoga—the union of body and mind. The only work that is required during this practice is paying attention to your breathing.
The article provided 5 of the basic poses that are preformed during restorative yoga which include:
- Child’s pose (Balasana)
- Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
- Reclined twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
- Legs-up-the-wall pose (Viparita Karni)
- Corpse pose (Savasana)
What I loved the most about this article is that it included a write up under each pose that taught you how to preform the pose including how you would preform it with a prop.
To start off this weeks practice, I practiced each of the poses following along with how to preform it with a blanket as a prop. I loved preforming these poses with my blankets because it made the practice so comfortable and made me feel so good!
After trying out each of the poses with the props, I decided to search for a youtube video to follow along with to feel out how an actual restorative yoga class would be.
I loved practicing this type of yoga! I felt so refreshed and relaxed after it. I would highly recommend anyone who is new to yoga try out restorative yoga to relax after a stressful day. I would also recommend this type of yoga to anyone who struggles falling asleep at night because it made me feel so calm, relaxed, and ready for a nap.
What type of yoga should I practice next week? Vote down below!
Acro yoga: Acro yoga takes familiar yoga poses and makes them double the fun (and sometimes double the work) by adding a partner. One partner serves as the “base” on the ground, while the other is the “flyer” who contorts themselves on the soles of the base’s feet.
(I will have to convince my boyfriend into this one lol)
Kundalini yoga: These yoga sequences are carefully designed to stimulate or unlock energy and to reduce stress and negative thinking. This is accomplished by challenging both mind and body with chanting, singing, meditation, and kriyas (specific series of poses paired with breath work and chanting). Typically, a kundalini class starts with a mantra (a focus for the class), then includes breathing exercises, warmups to get the body moving, increasingly more challenging poses, and a final relaxation and meditation
Sivananda yoga: Classes are generally relaxing: while most yoga classes end with savasana (a final relaxation/corpse pose), Sivananda starts with this pose, then moves into breathing exercises, sun salutations, and then 12 basic poses.