Restorative Yoga Helps Rest and Foster Rejuvenation
October 13

Restorative Yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, a universally recognized expert on yoga. He is the author of the classic book, “Light on Yoga,” and was recently named one of the 100 most influential people of our time by TIME magazine.  He created Restorative Yoga by adapting classic yoga postures using “props” to help support the body and maintain the correct position without straining.  The goal of Restorative Yoga is to make the benefits of yoga postures available to people who are incapacitated in some way.

Restorative Yoga is particularly helpful when you feel rundown, burned out, stressed or just tired. It’s a powerful tool that supports the healing process during and after an illness or injury. During these times, energy must be conserved for the body to heal. These supported poses along with sleep and rest are very important to the healing process. I have found Restorative Yoga to be both healing and revitalizing. It gives you the effects of the poses without exerting any energy.

Here is a pose I find extremely restful and rejuvenating.

Illustration and text by Lindsey and Bobby Clennell

Reclining Belt Pose

Reclining Belt Pose

You need:

1. A yoga bolster or large, thick sofa cushion.

2. Three pillows, (or rolled blankets) one to support your head, the other two to support your thighs

3. A belt (or two joined together) long enough to reach around your waist and feet, while in the position.

To do the pose:

Support your head so that it is not tilting back.  When going into the pose, allow the lower back to relax over the bolster.  Any stiffness usually fades after a minute or two.  Do not resist the pose – completely release into the position.  Occasionally,  extend the length of your exhalation and allow yourself to be more supported by the bolster.  Stay in the pose for five to ten minutes, relaxed with your eyes closed.  Then come up, undo the belt and stretch out your legs.

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  • Hollyhaupt

    My favorite pose suptabadakonasana! great for digestion of anything!

  • Hazel

    Thank-you Bobby, I recently bought your book “the woman’s Yoga book” & I’m further inspired by the uniquness which we as Women posess…. Thank-you so much for sharing this valuable information with others…. Namaste!! Hazel Singery (Richards Bay; South Africa)

  • Zo Newell

    Thank you, Bobby! I want to add that restorative practice is not only for the incapacitated; the fit and healthy can benefit, too, as your “Women’s Book of Health” so clearly illustrates. The long timings and physical support of restorative poses promote not only deep rest but a refined awareness of the breath in the body; it’s a great preparation for pranayama and/or meditation. Namaste! ~ Zo Newell