I took a module during my 300hr yoga teacher training on how to effectively teach restorative yoga, and it was one of my favorite series of lectures…mostly because we had a lot of practice time, and there’s nothing I love more than restorative yoga, except maybe truly, actually sleeping. But this is a close second! Ha, no in all seriousness, restorative is a fantastic practice, but it took me a long time to love it. As with so many, I started yoga because it killed two birds with one stone (arguably not the most yogic of idioms). I found that my mind was so calm afterwards, and I had a nice athletic practice which made me feel like I got a workout in. Eventually, the athletic, sweaty aspect became less and less important as I realized what my body really needed was some allotted time to de-stress. And that’s when I discovered the restorative yoga practice. What I love about it is that it’s effortless. With athletic, vinyasa style, power, or even yin yoga practices - there’s effort involved. But with restorative yoga, you have a million and one yoga props to assist and support your body, so you can just melt into the poses.
Related: How to use a yoga bolster.
In this particular yoga video, I’m using three yoga bolsters generously sent to me by Hugger Mugger, but if you don’t have bolsters at home, just get creative. Use couch cushions or thick rolled blankets. I hope you enjoy - give it a try and let me know your thoughts down in the comments section below!