Judith Lasater, Ph.D. P.T. author of Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times and often called the “mother of restorative yoga, ” refers to restorative yoga as “active relaxation.
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By supporting the body with blankets, bolsters, or pillows, the poses stimulate and relax the body as it strives toward balance. Some of the poses in restorative yoga benefit the entire body; others benefit individual areas; all reduce the effects of stress. Restorative yoga works all the spinal muscles and stimulates and soothes internal organs.
The best time to practice is when you feel fatigued or tired. Restorative yoga helps to rebalance the body during menstruation or menopause and during times of emotional stress.
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