If your body and your mind tell you that burnout is on the horizon, you might give restorative yoga a try. Restorative yoga is intended to take the mindfulness that is found in all disciplines of yoga to the next level. Still and slow, it emphasizes mind as much as body. This gentle centering of breath and body – aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness for extended periods of time – will allow you to experience peace, serenity and restfulness.
In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses longer, allowing your body to open through passive stretching. Restorative classes are very relaxing and complement active practices very well. This relaxing style will leave you feeling open and refreshed. With lights dimmed, the instructor may utilize color therapy, essential oils, or sound therapy to enhance your restorative practice, allowing for more productive rest and improved sleep quality.