In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowing you to open your body through passive, gentle stretching. Blocks, bolsters, and blankets eliminate unnecessary straining or holding so that you can release completely.
"The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities..."
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build energy and develop concentration. Based on the kind of meditation we do, the intention we set in our practice, and the effort we put into it, some commonly experienced outcomes are:
Decreased stress levels
Improved emotional regulation
Increased tolerance of chronic pain
Reduced occurrence of depression
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Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.