Restorative Yoga Therapy

Have you ever wanted to try restorative yoga but didn’t know where to start?

If so, this blog post is for you. We’re going to talk about how restorative poses can be used in therapy and explain how they can help people with mental health issues.

First of all, what is restorative yoga? It’s a series of yoga poses that focuses on calming and relaxing you. We use props like blankets or bolsters to support our bodies in creative ways that help us unwind from stress and anxiety in these poses.

Restorative yoga has been used as therapy for many years now. How does it work? Research has shown that people who practice restorative yoga regularly have lower cortisol levels than those who don’t practice at all. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that help us cope with stress; having lower levels means you’re dealing better with stressors in your life! Other studies have found that regular restorative yoga practice can improve sleep quality, reduce insomnia, and improve mood.

Restorative poses can also help with physical conditions like arthritis pain or back problems. For example, when you lie on your back, it allows the blood and fluids to circulate freely through your body, which can relieve the pain caused by inflammation or swelling in joints or muscles.

Here are a few restorative yoga poses to try at home or with your therapist to help reduce your stress. These poses are beneficial if you have trouble sleeping or feel like you’re constantly on edge:


  • Child’s pose: This pose helps calm the mind by encouraging you to breathe deeply while lying on your belly with your forehead resting on the floor. You can stay here for several minutes if it feels comfortable.
  • Seated forward bend: Sit up straight with both legs extended in front of you and then lean forward slightly until your chest touches your thighs. This pose is excellent for opening up the hips and relieving tension in the lower back.
  • Half-lotus: Sit on one leg with the other leg crossed over it, then place one hand on top of the other at navel level. This pose will open up your hips even further—and it’s perfect for digestion!
  • Corpse pose: This is the ultimate restorative pose. You lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides, palms up, and legs straight. Feel free to add props such as bolsters under your knees or your back if you need support. You’ll stay in this pose for several minutes while focusing on deep breathing. This pose is excellent for letting go of stress during the day.


Mind Wellness Counseling Center (MWC) at Royal Oak offers yoga-inspired counseling therapy to individuals and groups. The program focuses on mind-body healing and centers on evidence-based therapeutic practices, including restorative yoga poses, meditative practices, and guided imagery.

Click here to schedule an appointment with a therapist.

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