We’re checking in with our August yogi of the month, Cherith Victorino, to learn a little about her experience with the focus of the month, restorative yoga. We’re glad you were able to let go a bit throughout your travels this month!
This August, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time practicing ‘Flow + Restore’ at the studio. I was in and out of town quite a bit, so I practiced a little bit on my own at home or wherever I happened to be. While traveling, I found a couple of yoga studios with similar classes and practiced flow + restore there. In this way, I kept up with the focus of the month.
This month, different from past months practicing restorative, gave me a new appreciation for ‘Flow + Restore’.
In the past, I believed that the flowing/moving classes helped me to push through stuff (stuck muscles, thoughts, emotions, etc.) while restoring/stillness helped me to rest, relax and recharge.
Focusing on flowing and restoring this month taught me that being still, holding a restorative pose for several minutes can be just as powerful and effective in unsticking what may be stuck.
We’re encouraged to release and surrender our limbs, muscles, the whole body in a restorative pose – to let go and allow the earth and props to support our physical selves. It makes sense that it might also allow us to release and let go of emotions and thoughts that we’ve been holding onto.
I learned that being in a state of rest and stillness allows me to go deeper, to work on and connect with more subtle aspects of myself. It’s like spending time with that part of myself that happens to have a quieter (and perhaps wiser) voice – a voice that’s just as important, but one that I don’t always hear (or make time to listen to) in the hustle and bustle of my day.
And I learned that this can be as just as challenging as working on my forearm stand or crow poses! Restorative yoga results in a powerful practice, too.