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Benefits of Restorative Yoga

Close your eyes and relax. Do it. Just relax. RELAX!

Wait, why doesn’t this technique work? Why can’t we simply turn our brains off and have a moment of stillness?

Relaxation is an art that takes real skill, and like any skill it takes training, technique and practice. Restorative yoga and yoga nidra are meditative practices that helps speed up muscle recovery time, strengthens the immune system, and can even help increase creativity and productivity.

There’s no denying that we live in stressful times, and most of us don’t actually know how to just chill. We want to, but when we sit down for a moment of calm, we immediately reach for another distraction, which tends to be an illuminated screen with moving images - again stimulating the nervous system and revving us up.

An overwhelm of mental and physical stress can lead to sleeping problems, hormonal imbalances, respiratory complications, mental fatigue, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and a host of other issues. When one of the body’s system is compromised, it can take longer to recover from an argument or an injury.

One of the greatest kept secrets among yogis is that your body wants to recover, it wants to be in balance, and all we need to do is learn how to get out of our own way and let the system function. It’s kind of like hitting the reset button.

Need to reset? Take Joy Yoga’s weekend long restorative training immersion, which was intended for yoga students, yoga teachers, body work specialists, and anyone looking to learn the art of relaxation.

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