Restorative Yoga Poses
Learning restorative yoga poses will not only help calm your body but also your mind. If you cannot take a class for learning restorative techniques, use a book or DVD to learn how to do the poses properly.Restorative Yoga Practice is a DVD that includes six different sessions with instructor Deborah Donohue. Each session offers the yoga student something different, from a 12-minute meditation to an 85-minute session for better sleep. Blankets and a bolster are required for this DVD.
Relax and Renew
Author and instructor Judith Lasater's book Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times offers guidance on the Savasana, or basic relaxation pose. Building on the pose are sequences for yoga at work and "Totally Invisible Relaxation". Additional inclusions are restorative yoga poses for ailments and aches.
Yoga for Stress Relief
Yoga for Stress Relief (With The Dalai Lama) with instructor Barbara Benagh offers more than 20 yoga posing routines for students of any level. Additionally, a 30-minute session on meditation with the Dalai Lama is included for a DVD that truly encompasses some of the best ways to relax and de-stress.
Skip the typical afternoon nap and become more relaxed with the poses in the book YogaNap: Restorative Poses for Deep Relaxation by Kristen Rentz. Helpful illustrations make following the instructions easy for anyone who wants to restore his or her mind and body with yoga.
The 12 Step Workbook
Jon Platania tackles yoga and addictions in the book The 12 Step Restorative Yoga Workbook. The restorative poses mentioned in the book are helpful to anyone who has struggled with a stressful and addictive nature, whether you overeat or are obsessive-compulsive. While a book is no substitute for professional medical help, it can aid those who want to overcome their personal issues.
Gaiam Restorative Yoga Kit
Famous yoga instructor Rodney Yee leads students through various restorative yoga exercises in two parts, Conscious Relaxation and Conscious Breathing. Included in the Gaiam Restorative Exercise for Relaxation Kit is a DVD, relaxation timer and a relaxation pillow.
Yoga Therapy for Stress Relief
The DVD Yoga Therapy for Stress Relief – 30 Restorative & Rejuvenating Sequences stars Laura Hawes. It includes four sequences:
- Restorative floor poses with supports
- Traditional standing poses
- Rejuvenating inversions
- Energizing mini sequences
Restorative Bliss Yoga
Follow the DVD Restorative Bliss Yoga: Therapy for Life with Skyler Myers for a restorative yoga session. Relaxation is key in this set, with poses meant to help with anything from emotional stress to physical injury. Hatha Yoga poses are included in this DVD.
Instructor Nancy Goldstein leads you through two sequences in SPORTSKOOL – Poses & Foundations + Restorative Yoga. New yogis should start with the Instructions to Poses and Foundations, which offers essential poses for yoga. The Restorative Yoga workout focuses on gentle poses especially for back relief.
More Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga features Evelyn Neaman leading students through two different sequences of yoga poses, Afternoon Elixir and Evening Relaxation, for a soothing effect on anyone who is stressed and needs restoration.For more restorative yoga poses, read the Yoga in Bed: Edward Vilga Interview.