HHOSKINS77 I think it has to do with the fact that Restorative yoga helps relieve the effects of chronic stress and move the spine in all directions to promote greater well-being by focusing in breathing and getting deeper in the poses.
In my personal experience after a practice of Restorative yoga , I feel rest, more flexible and my breathing is deeper. I feel good!
TDSLOVEY while training for a triathlon, I imagine your body needs recovering time and that is what Restorative Yoga is helping. People think that because is slow motion does not help, but you know, to go deeper in a pose, breathing in the right way and moving slowly from one pose to another is beneficial to the body, flexibility is achieved, relaxation and rest for those muscles you use in your training is also achieved. There is a reason you ended up in that class. Flow yoga or Vinyasa as well as for Power Yoga have beginner levels, maybe in the place you go they don't teach at this level because it takes time to teach the poses in the right way, see below some of the different types of Yoga, their description and calories used per practice
I have a question about this also. I started doing yoga in February of this year mainly because I was diagnosed with rheumatoid and heard it was good for that. Well I fell in love:) But anyway the studio I go to started this type of yoga on Mondays at 11am. I was off work today so I went. It was good and I am glad that I went to see what it was all about and do intend on going back. My question is Why did I get so hyper after the class? I felt like I had drank a cup of coffee. It has been 3 hours and I finally feel relaxed. Thanks
Good answer, ShivaShiva. My experience with restorative yoga has been that it takes a lot longer to make its effects felt, but if you stick with it until late summer when your other class re-starts, Lovey, you will be surprised at how much it *has* increased your flexibility, and you will notice other subtle changes -- as ShivaShiva suggests, in your breath, and perhaps also emotional and psychological effects.
Hi there! I've seen you on the bike forum. :) If the restorative yoga does not give you a good stretch, I don't see it helping your physical capabilities much. However, there's more it can offer.
If it really is the only yoga class you can get to, it can help you with
1. Form: since the poses are so slow and gentle, I'm assuming the teacher will point out some stuff about form. That will benefit you greatly in the faster moving classes later, where it might be harder to focus in detail on those things.
2. Breath: because of the relaxation aspect I assume the teacher will also be having you focus on the breath often. As that is the foundation of yoga (to generalize!) that will help you immensely when you start doing the more movement oriented flow yoga which also focuses on the breath. You will have a good foundation.
Also, you can make any yoga pose more flexibility-oriented by going deeper into the stretch, while listening carefully to your body--never "muscling" it. This will help you cultivate awareness of your body, if you make that an intention.
Hi, I am new to this forum. My gym has has various yoga classes. I am a beginner so I stick to Yoga I for now. With schedule changes, the Yoga I no longer fits my schedule.
However, Restorative Yoga does fit my schedule. I have taken it a few times on Friday afternoons. It is a SLOW, GENTLE yoga that focuses on relaxation. You don't get a really good stretch but you feel good and relaxed.
My goal is to be able to do Flow Yoga, then ultimatley Power Flow Yoga even though I have not tried either before. I heard they were not for beginners.
I am training for a triathlon with running my primary activity. I stretch but really need to gain flexibility. My PT, sports podiatrist and coach strongly recommended yoga for me.
How much benefit will I get from this Restorative Yoga class? Later this summer, I will be able to take a 45 minute yoga I class and Bikram Yoga (hot yoga).
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