Gentle Yoga, characterized by its nurturing and calming approach, is ideal for those seeking relaxation and ease in their yoga practice. Emerging as a response to the often vigorous nature of mainstream yoga, Gentle Yoga focuses on slow-paced, accessible movements, emphasizing stress relief and physical rejuvenation.
This yoga style is beginner-friendly, offering a safe and welcoming environment for newcomers and those seeking a less intense yoga experience. Gentle Yoga is about moving slowly, understanding your body, and fostering a sense of peace and relaxation.
Gentle Yoga sets itself apart with its focus on mild stretches, relaxed breathing, and restorative postures, making it distinct from more active and dynamic yoga practices.
Gentle Yoga evolved as a blend of various yoga traditions, adapting principles from Hatha yoga, and influenced by modern therapeutic yoga approaches. It is designed to be inclusive, catering to a diverse demographic, including seniors, beginners, and those with physical limitations.
The philosophy of Gentle Yoga is rooted in mindfulness and self-compassion, encouraging practitioners to connect deeply with their bodies in a kind and gentle manner.
The practice includes soothing and restorative poses, promoting gentle movements and relaxation. It aims to reduce stress and enhance overall well-being.
Common Poses: Child’s Pose, Seated Forward Bend, Cat-Cow Stretch, Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose
Experience Level: Beginner-Friendly
Physical Demand: Gentle Movement
Mind-Body Engagement: Balanced Mind-Body to Mindful & Gentle
Adaptability: Highly Adaptable (to all needs and abilities)
Focus Area: Stress Relief & Relaxation to Flexibility & Balance
Gentle Yoga is beneficial for stress reduction, improved flexibility, and mental relaxation. It nurtures a sense of calm and well-being.
Required: Yoga Mat
Nice to Have: Yoga Blocks, Bolster
Optional: Yoga Blanket, Yoga Strap, Eye Pillow
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