Restorative yoga is a practice we all need more of and definitely can’t get enough of. It’s a guaranteed relaxation technique that will leave the body incredibly relaxed and restored, or what I like to call yoga stoned.

 

If you haven’t experienced a yoga stoned moment, here’s your chance yogis.

 

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Restorative yoga is a practice that everyone needs – regardless of gender, age, size, or athletic ability. It’s a practice that offers beautiful benefits and should definitely be incorporated into your yoga routine. If strong powerful flows are your yoga norm, then even more the reason to starting doing a restorative yoga practice.

 

Before I start jibber jabbering about my personal journey, below are a few benefits of a restorative yoga practice:

 

  • Encourages mindfulness.
  • Soothes the nervous system.
  • Deeply relaxes the body.
  • Deepens self-awareness and introspection.
  • Allows you to feel safe and nurtured.

 

The first few years of my yoga practice only consisted of strong, sweaty flows. I treated the practice as a tool to stay fit and toned and scoffed at the idea of a slow paced yoga class. Restorative yoga, yin yoga, even hatha yoga seemed pointless for my personal practice. Fast forward to the present moment – these types of yoga classes are not only what my body needs but what my entire being wants.

 

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While I don’t attend or do a full out restorative sequence every week or even every month, I do try to incorporate these postures into my yoga practice. Whether it’s doing a few postures in the morning, a few postures before bed, or in the beginning/ end of a class – I make it a point to do something.

 

And the more I┬ádo – the more I feel, the more I open, the more I soften, the more it all starts to make sense…. Just trust me yogis, it will all make sense once you do this too.

 

If you’re an avid yoga practitioner who never┬ávaries from strong flows, please ask yourself:

 

  • What does my body need?
  • How can I soften into the practice?
  • How can I pamper and reward my body for all it’s movements?
  • What can I do to relax, restore, and reconnect?

 

Below is a restorative yoga sequence to encourage complete surrender. I want you to treat this time as if you’re at a spa – power down electronics, dim the lights, play relaxing music, light a few candles, and then let everything go. Drop the to-do lists, drop any insecurities or fears, and drop all the bullshit that’s not serving you. This practice is for YOU and only YOU.

 

Soak it up yogis, you deserve it!

 

I recommend holding each posture below for at least a full minute. For best results and complete relaxation, hold each posture for 5 – 10 minutes. Enjoy!

1. Balasana

 

*Recommended prop: bolster or block

 

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2. Thread the Needle

 

 

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3. Forward Fold

 

*Recommended prop: bolster or block

 

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4. Seated Wide Angle

 

*Recommend prop: bolster or block

 

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5. Seated Cat & Cow

 

*Recommend prop: blanket

 

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6. Seated Gentle Twist

 

*Recommend prop: blanket

 

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7. Pigeon Pose

 

*Recommended prop: bolster or block

 

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8. Bridge Pose

 

*Recommended prop: block

 

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9. Supta Baddha Konasana

 

*Recommended prop: bolster, blocks, and blanket

 

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As I said above, the restorative postures shown don’t need to be completed in order or all at one time. Do what you can and flow with that – add one or two of these postures into your daily routine and slowly they will become more familiar and needed.

 

Until next time – xoxo.

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