Restorative Yoga Reduces Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia


Studies show Restorative Yoga reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. A regular restorative yoga practice has shown to help reduce fatigue in women with breast cancer as well as improve their quality of life. Studies also show, a regular restorative practice can reduce hot flashes during menopause.


One study of pre-diabetic subjects showed the participants of restorative yoga to have a six-point greater drop in blood sugar, as well as the loss of 2 more pounds and a decrease of an additional 1/2 inch in the waistline compared to participants who practiced stretching exercises.


Restorative Yoga is all about slowing way down, opening your body into passive stretching, while calming your mind. Restorative Yoga is a way of moving you into “patryahara”, withdrawal from the senses and resting in your true self.

While the majority of yoga classes are active, Restorative Yoga is completed sitting or lying down. Your body is positioned to stretch and deeply relax. This accomplished through the use of props, rather than your muscles, to support your body. You are welcome to join our Restorative Yoga Class at Yoga Wellness North.

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Kirsten Erickson, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT200, RYT500, iRest® Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher, Yoga Wellness North