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Why Restorative Yoga Can Help You Unwind and Reduce Stress

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With long to-do lists and the internet present in pretty much everything we do, it can be hard to turn off the brain and rest.

I can relate to this — I have a jam-packed schedule and constantly feel the need to accomplish tasks. Recently, I started to notice the effects of chronic stress and anxiety in my mind and my body. I was having a hard time focusing on one task at a time. I would wake up with a headache from clenching my jaw. Something inside me was telling me to slow down.

Ironically, the need to slow down manifested into signing up for a 30 hour restorative yoga training with Gabrielle Blachley at Trilogy Sanctuary (in typical “type A” fashion). But the moment I laid my head on the bolster, I knew I found exactly what I needed.

What is Restorative Yoga?

In Relax and Renew, Judith Hanson Lasater refers to restorative poses as “active relaxation. By supporting the body with props, we alternatively stimulate and relax the body to move toward balance.” Restorative yoga entails holding poses for longer than hatha and vinyasa yoga (sometimes between 5-20 minutes for each posture). When compared to yin yoga, restorative yoga involves more props so less effort is needed, allowing you to find comfort and release tension.

My typical yoga style often matches my lifestyle — fiery, fast-paced and fun. I didn’t know how much I needed restorative yoga until I found myself supported in a child’s pose with all my thoughts melting away.

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