Restorative Yoga

You might be wondering, if you don’t currently practice yoga, how do I get started? Is it going to be difficult? Do I need any equipment? During this weeks Restorative Yoga practice example, I’ll do my best to answer those questions as well as what defines a restorative yoga practice.  

How to Begin

Let’s begin by tackling the question; how do you start? Just start moving with intention. That’s all yoga is; moving with intention. You can delve deeper into the type of intention as you practice more, but quite simply, the best way to begin is just to get on the floor and move. You don’t need anything to begin. Keep an open mind and experiment with how your body can move. 

As you continue your practice you might find adding different equipment that might enhance your experience by making it either more comfortable or more challenging. Adding equipment, such as a yoga mat, straps, bands, candles, a yoga wheel or even a chair might be beneficial for you. Keep in mind though, you don’t need anything to begin. 

Benefits

Some of the benefits of taking time to practice are increased flexibility, better breathing and lung capacity, better sleep, a clearer mind, and a more centered demeanor. These aren’t the only benefits of practicing yoga, but the ones that are most readily noticed by people new to the practice. As you continue your practice you’ll find a wealth of other benefits specific to you and your journey.  

Time

Another great question that always comes up when someone is beginning their yoga practice is, “how long should I practice?” Honestly, there is no set amount of time you should practice. There are different suggestions I could make based on your goal as you move further in your journey, but the trick for someone starting out is just to begin. As little as five minutes can be beneficial. Whatever time you have to dedicate to it starting out is how much time you should take. This will change as you grow.   

Restorative Yoga

Lastly, let’s talk about restorative yoga and what makes it different from other yoga. A great way to think of restorative yoga is relaxing. Unlike some yoga, which focuses heavily on strength, form, or breathing, restorative yoga is one of the least constrictive practices. It should be an easy adventure during which you take the time to listen to your body and move in a way that provides it greater release and comfort. 

Restorative yoga is such an important practice because it gives us the ability to focus on areas we might be neglecting or overworking. It provides a gentle stretch that isn’t constrained by structured movement, and allows us to calm our mind. 

All yoga is important and offers great benefits, but restorative yoga is wonderful place to start for beginners. You can let go of any preconceived ideas you might have about yoga and just move your body. The ability to sit quietly and explore how your body can move is a great place to begin or even a wonderful place to visit for all practitioners. 

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