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What is Restorative Yoga?

This photo of BKS Iyengar in a weighted Savasana is one of the production stills from a movie  - Sadhaka: The Yoga of BKS Iyengar

Many Iyengar yoga schools run classes based on what is known as the ‘Pune Cycle’, which is a four-week program that has a different focus each week. The first week of the month is usually focused on standing poses, the second on forward bends and/or twists. The third week is on backbends and the fourth week is restorative. 

In a restorative yoga class, only a handful of poses may be performed with each one held for longer periods of time ranging between 3 to 10 minutes. This will depend on the total duration of the class and also the level of students that are being taught. 

Your Body, Your Vehicle

I have heard it said that most people take better care of their vehicles than they do their bodies. 

In the yogic philosophy the body is the vehicle for the soul. This body that you have been given for this lifetime is your ride through this life. 

Asana is our way into the physical body for that scheduled maintenance. Yogic postures are a way to keep the joints lubricated for mobility and maintain a foundation of strength that carries us through all the stages of life. We learn how to focus and quiet our minds. 

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