Please raise your hand if laying on a bunch of pillows and closing your eyes sounds like your kind of exercise…
This dreamy exercise class actually exists, and it’s called Restorative Yoga. The class is not only relaxing, it leaves you feeling energized. Seriously.
Yep, there really is an exercise class where you lay on the floor and try to get as comfortable as possible. If life is stressing you out it might be because your autonomic nervous system is in overload mode. Restorative yoga can help reset your autonomic nervous system, and it’s awesome.
I had no idea what my autonomic nervous system was until I took my first restorative yoga class. Now I can’t wait to reset every week. Restorative yoga trumps a nap in my book. If you have a chance to try it, you should. Dress in comfortable clothing, treat yourself to a deluxe yoga mat and leave your worries at the door when you show up. You might start class off listening to relaxing music with the lights dimmed while resting your feet up on the wall.
A typical restorative yoga class goes through a series of 5 or 6 poses that you hold for at least 5 minutes. You use props to support your body, allowing yourself to completely relax and rest. The instructor takes you on a guided meditation and shows you how to use pillows and blankets to achieve restorative comfort. The world is a busy place and relaxing can be a challenge.
Practicing restorative yoga can reduce anxiety and provide healing for your body and mind. Mental clarity is improved and energy levels are restored. If you are on the Gulf Coast check out Sheryl Egan-Olaiver and her classes and workshops. You can download guided meditations to practice at home from her website http://australianaccents.com
Did I mention there are eye pillows involved? Let’s recap:
- Comfortable clothes
- No shoes required
- Yoga mat
- Eye pillows
- Relaxing music
- Guided meditation in an Australian accent
- An exercise class where you get to Be instead of Do
And you’ll leave feeling more energized than when you walked in the door.
If you’ve been hiding from the gym or your New Years resolution is to slow down and catch more happiness this class can help.
Live, love, and laugh whenever you can.
P.S. Here is a link to my favorite luxurious yoga mat. It’s under $20 delivered to your door.
Prosource Premium 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 71-Inch Long High Density Exercise Yoga Mat with Comfort Foam and Carrying Straps, Green, Frustration-Free Packaging https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FY0GWE4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_rKMyAbF6VAKQX