In March I wrote an article entitled ‘3 Restorative Yoga Poses to Help the Effectiveness of Your Taper‘ the video above is an adjunct to that article.
Restorative Yoga is a practice that uses props such as bolsters, blocks, blankets, and straps to allow participants to perform yoga poses where they completely let go of all tension and stress.
In this type of yoga poses are held for 5-20 minutes (very few classes will actually have you in a pose for 20 minutes). This method allows the body to effectively release tension. The challenge is allowing yourself to be in stillness, but stillness will help enhance recovery.
BENEFITS OF RESTORATIVE YOGA:
- Taps into the parasympathetic nervous system which will:
- Reduce cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone)
- Improve sleep
- Increase the effectiveness of nutrient absorption
- Releases muscular tension
- Allow for greater sense of calm in both the body and mind
One style of breath you can use when doing these poses is a three part breath, which is explained below:
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Jeff is trained in vinyasa (flow), hatha, yin, restorative and therapeutic yoga practices. He is also completing his 500 hour certification as a yoga therapist.
Jeff has been deeply immersed in the sport of swimming for decades. He has been coaching for over 20 years and has had athletes medal at both CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Championships and Age Group Nationals.
Other articles in our Yoga for Swimmers series include: