What is Yoga? – Hygge & Restorative Yoga

Posted by  //  December 18, 2018  //  Articles, Today is All that Matters

Have you noticed this trending word, Hygge, popping up more and more in your social media feeds and in blog posts? If you have, it’s for a good reason. Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is a Danish practice of intimate warmth. To boil down the concept, it’s simply coziness, although it really is so much more. As cold dark nights and life’s busy-ness become more and more a part of each day this season, take time to take care of yourself.

Restorative Yoga is one way to invite in the practice of Hygge and take care of your physical body. I’m asked all the time; “what is restorative yoga?” The typical answer is “a yoga nap.” Which is not entirely inaccurate, but is missing helpful information. Restorative yoga uses props to support you in a relaxing pose; blankets, pillows, bolsters, eye mask, blocks, soft music and occasionally some essential oils all help you to feel relaxed in the position.

In restorative yoga we center on the breath and allow for stillness and quiet to enter the body. There is absolutely no pushing to your edge, or “feeling the burn.” The guiding question is; how do I release more?”

What we love about restorative yoga is similar to what we love about Hygge. The fundamental idea of warmth and intimacy. Whether we are cozying up with books, pillows and blankets, making a cup of tea, or going to a that restorative candle light yoga class, hygge can feel like an oasis in the middle of your week.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to feel like you have stepped out of the stress and hustle, and find a sense of peace and calm in your week? Restorative yoga is simple coziness. We offer this type of class on Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4:30pm.

Written by Jeannie O’Neill, Director of Development for the School For Radiant Living at Yoga Farm. For more information about self care practices, visit www.RadiantLiving.us.

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