Cool stuff happens in the body when we rest. We can lower our blood pressure. Slow heart rate. Stimulate digestion. Breathe better. Reduce muscle tension. Create space in stuck or stagnant parts of the body.
Feel better already, right?
But there’s so much more.
For me, the pace of the world doesn’t even compete with the pace of my mind and shifting emotions. When I practice restorative yoga, I practice getting beneath all the mental quicksand. You know, the “what ifs,” the “should haves,” and the “I suck I suck I suck.” Beneath that, usually lies some space and a way more intelligent voice that might say something like “Well, hello. You’re doing great but let’s try this as a next step in this tricky situation” or “Hi there. I know you think you’re irritable but really you’re just sad. Why don’t we feel this one out today?”
So, what About Me? I’m just a passenger on the train with you, learning this lifelong practice of yoga and seeing how it stitches into my life. Professionally speaking, I’m a restorative yoga teacher with more than a few yoga teacher trainings under my belt. I’m devoted to a regular Iyengar yoga practice where restorative yoga emerged. Just a few years ago, I finished my PhD in counseling but I’m less interested in verbal processing and more interested in leading us inward to discover the texture of our emotional sensations (e.g., sometimes called depression, anxiety, etc.), what those sensations are telling us, and how we can sharpen our perception of life’s landscape while cultivating more clarity, courage, and connectedness.