Restorative Yoga for Body and Mind
A sequence to relieve fatigue and stress, promote well-being, and bring healing balance into your life.
By Liz Owen
Restorative yoga might best described as a supported, conscious body/mind relaxation practice. When supported with props, the body relaxes and opens, releasing tension and stored-up toxins that can cause illness. Restorative poses offer benefits to both the body and mind, for conditions ranging from insomnia to asthma to chronic pain to migraines to depression.
Chest-opening poses, for example, encourage breath and prana (energy) to flow through the entire body. Forward bends gently lengthen all the muscles of the back body. Done in sequence, a restorative yoga practice will bring your whole body into a deeply relaxed state, and allow your mind to become quiet and reflective, with your mental, psychological, and emotional bodies in blissful balance.
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Liz Owen's yoga classes create a rich space where each student may explore a joyful state of awakening to the beauty and light that exists inside the human heart. A certified Iyengar yoga instructor and member of the Yoga Alliance, she has taught yoga for over 17 years and has studied with many renowned teachers, most notably BKS Iyengar, her long-time teacher Patricia Walden, and Zen Buddhist meditation master Thich Nat Hanh. Liz teaches in the Boston area and throughout New England. www.lizowenyoga.com.