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Restorative Yoga for Relaxation and Stress Management

Duration

7.5 hours

About the Course

Restorative yoga is NECESSARY in today’s world. We live in a world of distractions and noise. Every single day, we are bombarded with advertisements telling us what we need to be happy (usually material possessions). Social media is conditioning us to constantly seek external validation to substantiate our self-worth. The news typically highlights all the terrible things happening across the globe, which can keep us in a state of fear, hypervigilance and uncertainty. If that wasn’t enough, each of us have personal stressors to attend to.

Your external environment can influence your internal state. This means that what’s happening external to you can influence your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, behaviors, your response to stressors, your physical body (e.g. muscular tension), your breathing patterns, how you view yourself, and so much more.  


Shifting the focus from external to internal can be a huge game-changer in relation to how you feel physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically. This shift can help bring about balance to the mind, body and spirit. 

Restorative yoga encourages this much-needed shift as it invites you to turn your attention inward. As you look inward, you begin to observe your thoughts, notice the flow of your breath, as well as sense physical sensations in your body. You may feel certain emotions in different parts of your body. You may become more aware of the sounds in your space as you take note of whether you find these sounds soothing or overstimulating. You may notice how the surface beneath you feels against your body. Restorative yoga encourages you to be IN your body, observing, noticing and responding if that feels good.


Restorative yoga can…

  • Promote better sleep (especially deep sleep and REM sleep)

  • Resolve chronic stress

  • Release muscular tension

  • Improve posture

  • Improve flexibility in mind and body

  • Soothe pain (acute and chronic pain)

  • Relieve migraines and tension headaches

  • Improve self-worth

  • Stimulate the vagus nerve

  • Improve breathing

  • Promote emotional resilience (the ability to bounce back quicker from life’s challenges)

  • Improve your inner and outer ecosystem (deepening your relationship with yourself and others)

  • And so much more.


Restorative yoga gives you the time and space to explore the mind-body connection. You have the opportunity to consider how your inner dialogue, beliefs and attitudes can directly impact your physical, mental and emotional well-being. You have the opportunity to observe how your emotions can impact your physical body. You have the space to consider how your posture can affect your thoughts and how you view yourself.


As you do this internal exploration, you may begin to notice that the external stuff (social media, news, advertisements, personal stressors, environmental stressors, etc.) don’t seem to bother you as much anymore. Why? Because you have the tools and strategies to help calm your nervous system. You begin to feel more calm, at peace, grounded, present, balanced and connected. You realize that you have all that you need to support you as you navigate the ups and downs of life. All that you need is YOU!

 

Sending love and light to you.


Take care, 

~Rachel xoxo


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