Restorative Yoga – Overview
This Asana Digest covers: Restorative poses such as Corpse Pose, Legs up the Wall, Child’s Pose, Downward Facing Hero Pose, Reclined Bound Angle Pose, Crocodile Pose, Restorative Backbend, Restorative Setu Bandhasana, Restorative Forward Bend and Constructive Rest
Sanskrit & Naming
“sava” = corpse
- Viparita Karani
“viparita” = inverted or reversed
“karani” = doing or making
Also known as: Legs Up the Wall
“bala” = child
- Adho Mukha Virasana
“adho” = down
“mukha” = face
“vira” = hero
Downward Facing Hero Pose
Also known as: Wide Legged Child’s Pose and Utthita Balasana (Extended Child’s Pose)
- Supta Baddha Konasana
“supta” = reclining or sleeping
“baddha” = bound
“kona” = angle
Reclined Bound Angle Pose
“makara” = a mythological sea creature
“The vehicle of Varuna, the god of the ocean… denizen of the deep, the makara is the vehicle for the ruling energy of the second chakra.” (Sandra Anderson)
Known as Crocodile Pose
Heart of Poses
Purpose / Intention
- The focus of Restorative Yoga can be described as alert relaxation.
- Another description is to support an increasing ability to experience “Beingness,” or a quality of awareness not related to “doing” or external circumstances.
- While “yin” in nature, Restoratives are different from Yin Yoga (which is designed to stress ligaments, fascia and bones).
- Restoratives are not intended to stretch or strengthen, but rather to release ever-deeper layers of tension.
- Restorative postures are often considered to be these supported postures:
Supported Inversions: Legs Up the Wall, Legs on a Chair
Mountain Brook / Supported Backbend Variation
Supported Bridge Pose
Other Supported Backbend Variations such as a propped chest opener and variations of Fish Pose
Supported Basic Relaxation / Supported Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Supported Child’s Pose
Supported Reclined Bound Angle
Supported Reclined Hero
Supported Reclining Twist
Supported Seated Wide Angle
Supported Seated Forward Bend
Supported Side Lying Stretch
- Sometimes, however, a pose or sequence may be called Restorative and include such poses as Apanasana or Supta Padangusthasana with strap.
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