Do you wish there was a type of exercise for Fibromyalgia where you could just lay in comfortable positions for long periods of time? With a nice supportive block under your lower back and a lovely rug over your body and shoulders to keep you feeling safe, relaxed and warm?

Wouldn’t it be nice if this gentle exercise simply focused on you sending your breathe in to specific areas of your body, slowly helping it to soothe sections that are in pain, without actually being expected to do anything more?

And wouldn’t be nice if you were able to participate in such a relaxing class where the purpose was not to stretch as far as you possibly could, but rather the attention and focuses was just allowing yourself to just be?

What a lot of chronic pain sufferers may not realize, is that this is effectively what restorative yoga is. Due to its supremely gentle nature, it is commonly referred to as ‘active relaxation’ and is highly beneficial for those suffering from acute Fibromyalgia symptoms, chronic fatigue, stress or injury.

Restorative yoga differs from other forms of Yoga, as it does not mimic a cardio workout and it does not require the holding of yoga positions that may be too much for some FM sufferers. In a restorative yoga class you can expect to spend long periods of time lying on blocks, blankets and yoga bolsters, that are all designed to make the postures as low impact, easy and relaxing as possible.

You can also expect each position to support and soothe the body, rather than cause it stress. With each of the cleverly designed restorative yoga poses creating deep levels of relaxation for the body and mind. Each promote improved organ function, increased muscle function, and overall better feelings of wellbeing, as each restorative yoga position works to gently nourish the body by allowing tired, taut and achy muscles to passively relax.

If you are considering joining a restorative yoga class, you can expect to join a supportive and non-judgmental environment, where all levels of ability are welcomed.

One thing to keep in mind however is that although restorative yoga can certainly appear very peaceful, it can also be challenging for beginners. Even though the positions can look simple, incorrect positioning by a few centimeters can mean the difference between correct positioning and deep relaxation, and incorrect positioning resulting in discomfort. This shouldn’t discourage you though. A good teacher will guide you to the correct alignment and comfort.

With practice this supremely gentle Fibromyalgia yoga can teach you how to drop in to restorative positions that offer deep relaxation and a sense of complacency. You will likely need to find a yoga studio that specifically teaches restorative yoga but the benefit of this is that the instructors are likely to be well-versed in chronic fatigue and pain conditions like Fibromyalgia.

Restorative yoga is an excellent choice for anyone who needs to allow their body time to actively relax, heal and restore itself from regular higher impact exercise, as well as the stresses from day to day life.

It can be especially advantageous for anyone suffering from severe Fibromyalgia symptoms, not only as it is so gentle, but also because it offers the right calming, welcoming and sometimes even nurturing environment that some Fibromyalgia sufferers need.

Also, when in a flare or Fibromyalgia symptoms are spiking, just getting to a class, and trying to surrender your body and mind to restorative yoga can go a long way to improving how you feel about yourself. Anything that even so slightly improves how you feel both physically and emotionally can be beneficial in improving your overall condition.

Are you interested in learning more about yoga for Fibromyalgia [] Find out all the wonderful benefits of Hatha, and its proven results in improving the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. If you’re not sure if yoga is right for you, read our Fibromyalgia yoga [] pro’s and con’s list and learn why yoga can be good, but how it can also not be the right Fibromyalgia exercise choice for you.

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