Easy ways to recharge

In this hec­tic tech­no­log­i­cal age, restora­tive yoga is a boun­ti­ful ve­hi­cle for eas­ing ten­sion and bring­ing forth a pro­found sense of calm. Try this deeply re­lax­ing se­quence, paired with in­tro­spec­tive jour­nal­ing, to get present and com­fort­able on and off yo

Yoga Journal - - CONTENTS - Story by Jil­lian Pran­sky // Pho­tog­ra­phy by Zev Starr-Tam­bor

And while that may be true, restora­tive yoga is also an ad­vanced prac­tice that re­quires a tremen­dous amount of ded­i­ca­tion, pa­tience, skill, courage, and com­pas­sion. It can be a deeply trans­for­ma­tive path to­ward self­aware­ness, in­sight, and emo­tional and spir­i­tual growth.

While the prac­tice presents a way to fast­track calm­ing your ner­vous sys­tem—thanks to sup­ported rest­ing pos­tures de­signed to be held for long pe­ri­ods of time—it can be hard to shed the rac­ing thoughts and ten­sion that most of us carry through­out the day. In fact, restora­tive yoga is closer to a med­i­ta­tion prac­tice than a move­ment prac­tice. It chal­lenges us to slow down, re­lax, and be with our­selves.

With each breath we take dur­ing restora­tive yoga, we con­sciously un­wind. This cre­ates an op­por­tu­nity to re­lease deep ten­sion, which leads to ease in our bod­ies and minds and even helps us no­tice the ways in which we keep work­ing and do­ing, phys­i­cally and men­tally—even when it’s not nec­es­sary.

I cre­ated the restora­tive yoga prac­tice on the fol­low­ing pages to help you re­lax but also to help you tran­si­tion back into your day-to-day pur­suits in a more mind­ful way, so you can make more-nour­ish­ing choices all day long.

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