Restorative yoga is a great way to nurture your body and your spirit, and a perfect way for athletes to get some much needed relaxation and rejuvenation.
“It’s not even about stretching, it’s about relaxing to feel rested and recovered,” says Sage Rountree, an athlete and yoga instructor who works with many athletes.
We are introducing a restorative yoga class this Sunday afternoon following Toledo’s Glass City Marathon to help athletes recover from the race. Find out more details on our Schedule page.
In a restorative practice, the goal is to simply relax. Through the relaxation, muscles gently, slowly release and the body can let go of stress and toxins it has accumulated.
This is a perfect antidote for relieving soreness and tightness brought on by heavy training or racing.
Our restorative class will move through about six postures, and each person will stay in a posture for up to 10 minutes. The postures are supported with props, such as pillows, blocks, bolsters, blankets and chairs. But it is possible to do a restorative practice without many, if any, props.
Popular restorative postures include, supported child’s pose, legs up the wall, supported reclining hero pose and supported bridge pose. The following is a restorative video by the wonderful Esther Ekhart, who walks us through a shortened restorative sequence.
We will be doing restorative classes following major races in the Toledo area. Please check our class schedule to find the next restorative class.
Your body works hard for you, getting you to reach your athletic goals. Find some time to give back to your body. It will thank you for the love.