It’s been nearly a year now… As adjusted as we are to the “new normal,” the stress of living through a pandemic is still no small thing. We’re taking a proactive approach to wellness by inviting as much relaxation as possible. Let’s look at how modifying our yoga practice (typically for the Hyde team: alignment based Vinyasa) for more relaxation and restoration can help us stay grounded and centered through these challenging times.
Yin yoga is a form of yoga developed in the United States in the late 1970s. During a Yin yoga class, participants will hold yoga poses for long periods of time, usually five minutes or longer. The poses involved in Yin yoga are meant to moderately stretch the connective tissues of the body, stimulating circulation and improving flexibility. This form of yoga is meant to be meditative and quiet. It is a chance to be at peace with your body and explore your emotional well-being. Yin yoga involves intentional stretching, differentiating it from Restorative yoga practice (see below), and is an ideal supplement to more active yoga forms.
Gentle Hatha Flow
Strictly speaking, all physical yoga or asana practices fall under the category of Hatha yoga.In Sanskrit ha means “sun” and tha means “moon”, and bringing them together is the yoga or union sought by the practitioner. In colloquial terminology though, Hatha yoga frequently refers to a gentle style of yoga practice. Hatha yoga classes typically combine poses and breathing to create mental focus and develop an awareness of one’s own body, strength, and flexibility. When poses are practiced in combination to create a “flow” of movements, we get the modern term: Hatha flow yoga. Typical Hatha practices tend to be physically demanding, but gentle or slow-paced classes can be used for restoration and relaxation.
Generally in restorative yoga classes, teachers will provide props to help support the body while engaging in calming, grounded poses. Restorative yoga is done primarily on the floor, and utilizes blocks, blankets, and bolsters to help reduce unnecessary strain and put the mind and body at ease. Through relaxation and meditation, restorative yoga can help calm the nervous system and reduce the tension of the body.
Organic Yoga Apparel for Relaxation and Bliss
When practicing yoga for relaxation, it is preferable to wear clothing that is comfortable, loose, and warming. The cozy 3/4 sleeve Larkspur Top helps keep the body warm and at ease without limiting your range of motion. The Tam Tee is another great choice for restorative practice, especially in naturally warm or heated studios. Pair either of these tops with flowing, breathable pants to maximize your comfort. Our favorite organic yoga pants for restorative yoga are the Colleen Pant, the Divine drawstring, and the Chrystie pant.
If you’re looking to feel more relaxed through yoga practice, remember that the yoga clothing you choose is important. You want to come to class feeling at ease so that you can truly relax into each restorative pose and keep your focus on your body and mind, not discomfort.