What Is Restorative Yoga?
It is a unique type of yoga that aims at taking the body into greater heights of relaxation.
Unlike the other types of yoga, which involve intense movements, you would hardly move in a restorative yoga class.
Also, the sessions only take a maximum of one hour.
This yoga works on the principle of calming down the body as it goes through passive stretching.
Best Yoga Mats for Restorative Yoga
Although it seems like a slow process, the poses help build strength, heat, and flexibility.
Staying still for an extended period helps to relieve stress and boost the mind’s functionality levels.
As the name suggests, this style is intended to heal the body and the mind. It is the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of the day.
Its primary focus is the relaxation of the body which, in turn balances the nervous system and the mind. As you would expect, the class expects fewer postures and a longer time is spent in each of them.
Much like Iyengar, this discipline uses props such as pillows and bean bags that allow the body to completely relax and rest.
A large, soft mat is ideal for restorative yoga. As this is quite a slow paced class, the non-stick elements of the mat are less of an issue but a thick, yielding mat is certainly recommended.
Size 183 x 63 x 0.8cm | Weight 1.1g
This is a thick, comfortable ‘relief’ yoga mat which is made from memory foam. It is designed for those that want to practice ‘yoga without pain’.
It is a foldable mat that lies flat from the minute you open it – no more worrying about lifting corners – and then folds up easily after use.
It is great for strengthening your core and lower back muscles and can be used as a sit up mat. You can even fold it in half and get a 4.8cm thick cushion!
• Great for pain free classes
• Very supportive of joints
• Fold up easily
• Not great for people that like a firm surface
Size 185 x 80 x 1cm | Weight 1.2kg
This mat provides a great cushion that reduces impact and is very supportive of your joints. It is made from thick NBR and, whilst feeling soft, is also very durable and difficult to tear.
It can be wiped down easily after use and is available in two thicknesses for those that require even more comfort.
It has an effective anti-slip surface and is available in a range of colours.
• Comfortable and thick
• Great joint support
• Easy to clean
• Bulky and hard to store
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