resist the urge to “do more”

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

We spend our lives in constant motion and often find it hard to resist the urge to “do more.” Restorative Yoga is a meditative practice in which you let go of holding yourself up and allow yourself to be fully supported by a variety of props. Props help shape the body enabling each student to let go of all muscular contractions and safely move towards a state of balance. While traditional hatha poses require muscular effort to maintain alignment, restorative yoga poses are done with no muscular effort. It is easier to move through poses in a traditional hatha yoga class where your mind is distracted by the physical demands of the poses versus the stillness of a restorative practice. What happens when there is nothing to do and there is no activity to distract you? The mind becomes the focus and your most vulnerable places can be exposed. This state of being can be challenging for many students. However; it is where self – acceptance begins and change happens. The more the body is supported in these passive stretches the deeper the sense of releasing the inner grip of your muscular, emotional, and energetic body. The more you practice relaxing and releasing tension, the more familiar you will become with what you need to do in order to relax and the easier it becomes to stay calm, even in life’s most challenging circumstances. When you taste this renewed state of being, your mind clears, your heart opens, and your sense of self expands.

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