Restorative Yoga helps an unhealthy or injured body to restore itself providing mental and physical relaxation and increasing energy and vitality.
Iyengar Yoga provided the foundation for Restorative Yoga. In the 70s, a student of Iyengar, Judith Lasater, developed it to Modern Restorative Yoga. Its practice utilizes the help of elements to make it easier for the student to hold a posture for several minutes without feeling pain.
Restorative Yoga is a very relaxing class and it is suitable for every level. When practicing Restorative Yoga, it heals the body and the mind, helps to recover from an illness or injury, and also from depression or traumatic events. During a class you are going to perform passive postures, that can be held up to 15 minutes, as this is a slow-paced practice that allows muscles to completely relax.
A Restorative Yoga Teacher Training will provide you with new tools for your own practice, for teaching, and for everyday life. Certifications are available in different schools and they start from 30-hour courses across locations from India, Indonesia, and Thailand to Costa Rica, Hawaii or even Croatia.
Most Restorative Yoga Retreats are located on the south coast of Spain and France, and also in Greece and Croatia. They are mainly beginner friendly and what you can expect when joining one is a deeply calming experience, effortless, but at the same time learning the basic principles to help consciousness release stress through breathing exercises and gentle poses.