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Restorative Yoga

Everyone will benefit from Restorative Yoga.  This is a practice that is for the stressed,  those who feel exhausted, or even depressed.  It is not only gentle and therapeutic, but it actually restores and revitalizes those who practice.  When we turn our attention inward and relax completely, we restore our depleted energy.  This yoga practice often uses props, blankets, bolsters, straps, or blocks.  Each posture is held for a long period of time, maybe 3-5 minutes, enough time to allow for an internal shift, an internal surrender.  This also gives your muscles permission to relax, both mentally, physically and emotionally.  Restorative yoga is a passive practice with very little movement.  This yoga has been proven to reduce the affect of stress related disease, anxiety, depression and digestive dysfunction.  Daily activities can cause a feeling of weakness or fatigue, this practice is for those times.


Average temperature for this class is 70-72 degrees



Restorative Yoga F.A.Q.

Restorative Yoga Reno Frequently Asked Questions


What are the benefits of Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga has plenty of benefits. This yoga practice allows full relaxation. Often there are different props that are used.  Restorative yoga props are blocks, bolsters, blankets, sandbags and eye covers.  Sparkle Yoga studio makes sure these props are available to enhance the relaxation process.  Restorative yoga helps provide stress relief and assists with anxiety by holding postures for long periods of time, all the while deep stretching is achieved.

What is a Restorative Yoga class?

Restorative yoga classes that Sparkle Yoga studio are classes that work through the parasympathetic nervous system, they help to achieve full relaxation.  The muscles in the body are able to relax deeply in because of the long holds that are held because of props.  Yoga studios use restorative yoga to offer clients time to step away from their every day stresses.  A boost in the immune system is also a result from restorative yoga.

How often should I do Restorative Yoga?

This class can be taken as often as everyday, always depending on how long the practice is.  Our studio provides a few different classes per week.  Each yoga class is 60 minutes.  The yoga class leaves the clients who participate well rested and thoroughly relaxed.

Is Yin and Restorative Yoga the same thing?

Yin yoga and restorative yoga are not the same.  While both practices allow focus on the breath, there are a few differences.

Restorative yoga, is very meditative, releasing tension with passive stretches.  Props are used for both forms of yoga that are offered and form of yoga has different benefits for the body.

What is the goal of Restorative Yoga?

Restorative Yoga focuses on the students finding full relaxation.  Props are used to achieve this in restorative yoga.

When a body is supported by blankets, bolsters etc. like it is in restorative yoga, all muscles feel no tension and full relaxation is achieved.  A person who is experiencing anxiety or stress, they are the ones who achieve benefits this class offers.

Does Restorative Yoga count as exercise?

Sparkle Yoga studio offers restorative yoga, which counts as an exercise.  Besides boasting the immune system, this type of yoga can enhance a persons flexibility.  Restorative yoga is not like other exercises, requiring active movement. These passive stretches that are done in this practice to release tension in your body.  Restorative yoga can help movement that could not have been achieved otherwise, and that could burn fat.  It can help to reduce cortisol levels as well and that is responsible for fat.

What should I wear to Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga, offered at Sparkle Yoga studio, is extremely slow paced.  When attending a class, clothing should be comfortable.  This class is practiced at room temperature.  Usually there is quiet music playing in the background.  Since there is no active movement going on there is no body heat, so a person practicing restorative yoga should dress a little warmer.

Who created Restorative Yoga?

B.K.S. Iyengar of India is a world famous yoga teacher.  We offer restorative yoga classes that Iyengar is credited for developing.

Can Restorative Yoga help you loose weight?

Restorative Yoga can indeed help to lose weight.  Although very slow paced and relaxing, it lowers cortisol levels and that is what is responsible for abdominal fat.  Restorative yoga releases tension in both the mind and body.  When this is released the muscles can move in ways they weren’t able to before and this may cause weight lose.

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