Restorative Yoga Therapy

Why Restorative Yoga therapy? Tired?  Restorative Yoga Therapy is a key component to a balanced yoga practice whether you are an active athlete or a weekend warrior.  The body is able to stretch passively while the mind enters a calm abode.

In a restorative yoga class, the nice thing is there is no chasing involved. By bringing the support of props to practice, the practitioner receives the benefits of the posture without the overextension.

restorative yoga therapy for gratitude

restorative yoga therapy for gratitude

As anyone who is tired and or stressed out knows, mood is affected so easily that it is often hard not to be reactive, frustrated, anxious, or cranky. When we yogis speak of gratitude, it is often hard to get to that positive attitude when you are not in the right yogamind

Last week I spoke about the ananda maya kosha and how practices of restorative yoga help undo layers of tension in the body and help train the mind to accept the parasympathetic response easier, so that the innermost peaceful core is accessible.

“Say thank you to your innermost Being. Even if you cannot see at the moment what to say thank you for, keep on saying thank you. It will change the vibration inside and make you light and open and full of love, forgiveness and joy” ~ Mooji


Restorative Yoga Therapy

Legs Up The Wall

Legs up the wall - Rana WaxmanLegs Up The Wall:  Legs up the Wall is a pose that is what it says it is! It is a really beneficial and basic restorative yoga pose. I am showing it using the ThreeMinuteEggs®      

Now, there are many many ways to do legs up the wall pose and it may not be suitable to do it this way. I happened to be travelling with them and I enjoyed the support.

Keep in mind that you should be able to relax into it for 10-15 minutes in the variation that does suit you, breathing calmly.

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In Sanskrit Legs Up The Wall pose is called: Viparita Karani:

(vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-ee)
viparita = turned around, reversed, inverted
karani = doing, making, action

It is believed that Viparita Karani is good for most everything that ails you, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive problems
  • Headache
  • High and low blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Mild depression
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Urinary disorders
  • Varicose veins
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Menopause


  • Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
  • Gently stretches the back legs, front torso, and the back of the neck
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Calms the mind