I love love love looooooove restorative yoga! As much as I love a good fiery vinyasa practice, I am more and more falling in love with slowing my practice down. I recently went to Toronto for a Restorative Yoga teacher training with my teacher, Kelly Smith, because I knew that I needed to learn more about this amazing practice. (TBH, I’m also getting more intrigued about Yoga Nidra so stay tuned!) My weekend in Toronto was so amazing for so many reasons but most of all, it helped remind me how much the world NEEDS restorative yoga and how it is something super accessible. You know, like couch cushion restorative yoga right in the comfort of your own home.
Restorative yoga is all about taking a passive approach to opening up and creating space within the body. Rather than using our muscles to hold us in various postures, restorative yoga is all about using props to comfortably help keep us in each pose. If something feels uncomfortable or super stretched in a restorative yoga pose, then it’s a great opportunity to try and add another prop in somewhere so you can settle in. When you’re taking class, it’s a beautiful opportunity to give a gentle wave to the instructor so they can come to help you explore your options.
In today’s class, I want to help show you that you don’t need any fancy props to practice restorative yoga. If you have a couch with a cushion, you can do this right at home. If for some reason the cushions on your couch aren’t going to work, grab a few pillows for yourself.
Couch Cushion Restorative Yoga
Looking for other slower, long hold classes? Try this Yin Class (a more active stretch with a long hold).
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Disclaimer: I fully believe in the power of yoga and it’s benefits but as with any exercise, please consult your health care professional with any questions or concerns before starting an exercise program. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. The creators of this video are not liable for any injury, accident, or health impairment by participating in this video.