By Wyn Andress
But, I can’t do yoga! I’m just not flexible.
Holding those poses for a long time is too hard!
My balance is terrible!
I get lost and confused flowing from one pose to another. Seems like I just get it and they’re moving on to something else. Then I get all stressed about it.
With my bad back and problem knees, yoga is just not for me.
Does any of this sound familiar? If so, let me tell you about the possibilities and benefits of restorative yoga.
When I took my yoga teacher training back in 2009 I was very excited, and eager, to learn all the poses and share the benefits with others. I worked really hard on developing the pose, my balance, getting my alignment just right, and learning the proper Sanskrit names.
However, once we got to the section about restorative yoga, I fell in love!
It totally resonated with my anxious, Vata personality. What’s Vata, you ask? It is one of the three doshas of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. It is based on the elements of earth, water, fire, air and space; of which Vata is air and space. More on that in another article. 😉
I especially began to appreciate the benefits and gentleness of restorative yoga when I worked for a couple of years in a Physiotherapy clinic doing one-to-one yoga as part of peoples’ rehabilitation programs.
Many of the clients I worked with were not only dealing with injuries, but also a lot of stress which was frequently the root cause of some, if not all, of their problems.
The gentle, restorative yoga poses allowed them to give themselves permission to just surrender, let go of all the “shoulds”, and ease their path to recovery.
During a restorative yoga session there is no weight bearing on the joints as the body is supported with bolsters, blocks, rolled blankets and straps to ensure full support and to allow the muscles and connective tissues to relax. It is a very Yin, Calming practice. Many of my clients refer to it as ‘ adult nap time‘. And, in case you think restorative yoga is for the un-practiced or the lazy, it actually takes a lot of mental discipline to focus on complete, whole-body relaxation and release.
Calm the nervous system
Provides balance for the body
Reduces stress hormones
Improves immune system
Supports better sleep
Releases toxin buildup
Supports weight management
Since it soothes the nervous system, and reduces the stress hormones, thereby easing the fight/flight response, it’s an excellent practice for anyone healing from cancer, or suffering with anxiety, stress, Trauma and PTSD. So, when I’m feeling sluggish or I’ve had a long, energetic day filled with lots of up, down and pivots I’m on my bolsters and, aaahhhh, life is good again.
If this speaks to you (or someone you know), I offer private Restorative Yoga sessions, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would be pleased to offer a trial session at 25% off to see if this resonates with your physical, mental/emotional, energetic & spiritual bodies.
As a Soul Doulah, Wyn Andress is passionate about nurturing & transforming body, mind & spirit so clients can birth a new existence!
Wyn’s healing journey started in the late 90’s as she began to experience post-divorce anxiety & an array of inflammatory issues such as back pain, gastro-intestinal issues, migraines & fibromyalgia. Her desire to heal, naturally, involved a variety of therapies such as yoga.
Wyn was deeply inspired by the transformations that occurred & was drawn to acquire certification as a Yoga Therapist in 2009. She prefers Restorative & Yoga Nidra, as they are extremely calming for the nervous system, making them excellent for anxiety & trauma!
Feeling called to support others in healing themselves, Wyn received additional certifications as a Meditation Teacher, Celtic Reiki Practitioner, Karmic Regression Therapist, in Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping), as a Consulting Hypnotist & in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.), Sacred Ancestral Clearing & DNA Healing; and is currently certifying as a Life Coach. These powerful catalysts create true change as they work energetically, emotionally and with the sub-conscious mind, & one’s focus & desire to transform their life. This puts the control back in the client’s hands, allowing them to be at cause for their life.
As a Certified Consulting Hypnotist & Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, registered with the Association for Integrative Psychology, Wyn is passionate about supporting & empowering clients to clear away old beliefs, fears & habits that hold them back so as to connect with greater health & their highest potential. Wyn’s mission is to guide clients as they transition from the challenges they face, to birthing a life of grace, ease & peace!
Be Blessed, Wyn <3