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Gentle / Restorative Yoga

What is Gentle / Restorative Yoga ?

Gentle and restorative yoga are two styles of yoga that focus on relaxation, stress reduction, and overall well-being rather than physical fitness or challenging poses. These styles are particularly suitable for people who may have physical limitations, injuries, or are looking for a more gentle and calming practice. Here's an overview of each:

Gentle Yoga:

  • Intensity: Gentle yoga is a low-intensity practice that involves slow and mindful movements.

  • Poses: It includes simple poses and stretches that are accessible to most people. These poses are often modified to accommodate various levels of flexibility and mobility.

  • Breathing: Emphasis is placed on controlled and deep breathing (pranayama) to promote relaxation and reduce stress.

  • Benefits: Gentle yoga is great for improving flexibility, balance, and reducing tension. It is often used as a way to relieve stress and unwind.​

Restorative Yoga: 

  • Intensity: Restorative yoga is even more gentle and restful than gentle yoga. It's all about relaxation and restoration.

  • Poses: In restorative yoga, you typically use props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks to support your body in passive poses. The poses are held for an extended period, often 5-10 minutes or more.

  • Breathing: Deep, mindful breathing is a key component of restorative yoga, helping to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation.

  • Benefits: Restorative yoga is excellent for stress reduction, deep relaxation, and healing. It can help alleviate the effects of chronic stress, improve sleep, and promote a sense of well-being.

Both gentle and restorative yoga are suitable for people of all fitness levels, including beginners and those with physical limitations. They can be especially beneficial for individuals recovering from injuries, dealing with chronic pain, or simply seeking a calming and meditative practice. These practices can be a valuable addition to a well-rounded fitness routine or serve as a stand-alone practice for relaxation and stress relief.

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