Benefits of Restorative Postures
With restorative postures you can achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the support of props during postures. Blankets, bolsters and blocks are used to allow the muscles to deeply relax and to release tension.
They are simple to learn and help to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and well-being.
Restorative postures are useful to use when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from stress and pressures of every-day life. They have the overall calming effect on the nervous system setting a deeply relaxing tone that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level. They aim is to cultivate heightened body awareness through them and deepen self-awareness and introspection.
Mindfulness & Breath Awareness
Mindfulness is a meditative practice which originates in Buddhism, but has gained worldwide popularity as a distinctive method to handle stress and negative emotions. It is a simple form of becoming mindful and consciously aware of your breathing and of your thoughts letting them come and go with compassion and without judgement.
Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily. Memory improves with mindfulness, creativity increases and calm enters your body & mind. Once learned it can be practiced anywhere and at any time.