Are you feeling tired, sore, under the weather? Restorative Yoga might be for you! Especially because slowing down in this fast-paced society can be hard, if not outright impossible. As with time society is growing to have the belief that if you're not "doing" something, you're wasting time.
What is restorative yoga? Why should I do it?
In truth, restorative yoga is simply that - restorative. It is the centralisation of your breath and body - uniting the physical and mental by practicing both stillness and gentle movement for extended periods of time.
Restorative yoga is beneficial as it helped balance out a high-energy lifestyle and helps prevent over-stimulation, which has been found to lead one to feel burn out and to suffer from other health problems.
The quiet, non-competitive nature of Restorative yoga has been found to allow one to relax on a deeper level than they would in a more flowing, physical practice. It helps balance out a fast-paced lifestyle, by helping you to relax, through calming of the nervous system.
The type of relaxation provided by restorative yoga has been found to foster a better sleep, assist in warding off depression and to help improve your mental health, this was indicated in a review of the research published in a 2012 issue of the North American Journal of Medical Science.
Furthermore, researchers have found that by reducing ones stress levels and calming their bodily system, restorative practices have the ability to help reset ones metabolic engine which helps to drive weight loss. A 2008 issue of Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders published a study indicating to readers that Restorative yoga is an "acceptable and feasible" method for treating people who have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, which is identified by a cluster of symptoms including elevated blood pressure, high fat levels and unhealthy cholesterol levels. By addressing the symptoms of metabolic syndrome one can work to normalise their weight and protect themselves from heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Studies have also been found to show that restorative yoga can help women lose subcutaneous fat more effectively than simple stretching programs, this was indicated in a report published by the American Journal of Managed Care in 2013. The report identified that, after 6 months of regular practice, the women who participated in yoga, versus those participating in basic stretching, experienced significantly higher amount of weight and fat loss. Researchers have also suggested that Restorative practices help to moderate the production of stress hormones that encourage weight gain.
So that is why you should partake in restorative yoga!