The Best Yoga for Recovering and Healing: Restorative
The name alone conjures up images of rejuvenation and nourishment, and this practice can be especially helpful if you are dealing with illness, injury, or emotional issues. "Restorative yoga emphasizes deep breathing, supported stretches, and connecting with one’s emotions in order to release what is creating stress and emotional upset,” Fabian says. After a preliminary standing sequence or seated breathing exercises to warm up your body, you'll move to poses on the floor, often laying with your body supported by blocks, straps, and blankets. "The teacher will encourage you to tap into how you are feeling in each pose, noticing changes in your breathing and sensation and acknowledging any emotions that may be coming up as well,” Fabian says.
Find it: For an easy way to see what all the studios in your area offer, use the Yoga Journal online directory. If you don't see the word "restorative," look for "relax" or "renew"—they're the same thing.