Do you ever feel exhausted, drained, not yourself, or empty? If your living in this modern society then the answer is probably, yes. Americans, now a days, are always rushing here and there. Most of us are so busy that we never find the time to relax and enjoy life. As a result we remain in a constant state of “fight or flight,” which builds our stress, raises our blood pressure and cortisol levels in the body (a chemical that is released during stress, acting to restore homeostasis. However, prolonged secretion due to chronic stress, results in significant physiological changes), and suppresses our immune system, increasing our chances of getting sick, and staying that way! What to do?!
Relaxation is the key to a more gentle approach and a happier life. And as research shows us, a longer life as well. If you love yoga, you will love restorative yoga. Restorative yoga is and does just as it suggests; it refills our well, recharges our battery, reconnects us to our breath and gets us out of our heads and into our hearts. It is done using several blankets, bolsters and other props while lying in different restorative asanas (postures). The idea is for you to do as little work as possible while opening up the hips, shoulders, heart and lungs. You will experience a deep feeling of peace and joy within each posture, as well as a profound stretch that can only be experienced within restorative yoga. Most postures are held between 10-15 minutes, which gives you plenty of time to release and surrender the body. It takes us out of that adrenaline filled, sympathetic nervous system, to our parasympathetic nervous system or the “rest and digest” function.
If you’ve never experienced it before, you need to try it. Your body needs it. Remember, the key to life is balance, and part of that balance is resting as much as you are moving. And the good news is, one hour of restorative yoga will give you the equivalent of approximately 8 hours of sleep. This is good news for those of you with trouble sleeping. I invite you to treat yourself to some restorative yoga, and reap the immediate benefits.
CNY Healing Arts offers you the opportunity on the 2nd Friday of every month from 6-7:30pm, $15 to attend.