Restorative Yoga for Stress Management
Paul M. Jerard Jr.
We now know that stress contributes to a multitude of ailments,
such as: headaches, backaches, high blood pressure, stomach
disorders, lowered immunity, muscular tension, depression,
heart attack, and much more. Stress is definitely a "killer"
and the source of many health problems.
In fact, stress will prevent and distract your body from healing
itself. While you are feeling "stressed out", your body and
mind make dealing with stress the number one priority. Your
mind and body need to cope with regular maintenance and overall
health, on a daily basis, by putting stress on the back burner.
Are you looking for a way to release stress, tension, and
pain from your body? Are you tired all the time and feel the
need to rest, but you know you should get some exercise? How
can you do both? The answer is to start regularly attending
Restorative Yoga classes, and reap the rewards of healing
without a tremendous amount of effort.
There are many styles of Yoga to choose from. In India, there
are nine main styles of Yoga, and Hatha Yoga is just one of
them. Hatha Yoga, "the union of physical mastery," and its
many sub-types, are the most popular in the West.
Among the many Hatha styles of Yoga, are traditional and contemporary
types of Yoga. Restorative Yoga is classified as a contemporary
type of Hatha Yoga. Some might also say that Restorative Yoga
is an evolutionary form of Hatha Yoga. The use of props, "sinking
into" postures, safety factors, and attention to the internal
body, is very rewarding.
This is not usually a class for the vigorous Yoga practitioners
who want to move, push, and sometimes strain, in a Yoga posture.
Unfortunately, straining will cause long-lasting injuries.
Learning Yoga does not have to be a strain or struggle. Restorative
Yoga usually attracts a person who is interested in healing
his or her body, in the process of attending a Yoga class.
If you have ailments, feel nervous, or are attending your
first Restorative Yoga class, you should consult with your
Yoga teacher, before class time. Your Yoga teacher may be
able to advise you in regard to techniques that will alleviate
stress or pain. You can expect that your Yoga teacher will
be compassionate and modifications to postures will be taught.
Your body and mind will feel the benefits of relaxing into
a Yoga posture. As a result, you be able to balance your life,
and feel the benefits of integrating good posture, stillness,
movement, relaxation, proper breathing, and meditation.
Every one of these aspects is covered within a typical Restorative
Yoga class. So, you can expect to start healing your body
and mind during your first Yoga class. You will also continue
to keep your priorities in order, while keeping worry, stress,
depression, and fatigue on the "back burner."
Paul Jerard is the director of Yoga teacher training
at Aura in RI. He's a master instructor of martial arts and
Yoga. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness. He wrote:
Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students
wanting to be a Yoga teacher. http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org
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