“The only real vacation is a vacation from the mind.” Judith Hanson Lasater
Is this possible? Can we really leave a chaotic, cluttered, and sometimes deluged mind behind? Wouldn’t that feel incredible? For just a moment, to be in a state of ease, contentment- a state of pure, blissful nothingness. Well, leave your mental junk behind and pack your bags, your ticket is restorative yoga and a retreat to the never never land of silence and stillness.
I just spent a week soaking up some of the wisdom and experience of Judith Hanson Lasater, an incredible women, yogi, and teacher. A student of B.K.S. Iyengar for 25 years, Judith has been teaching yoga for 45 years. Restorative yoga, as she teaches it, is the cadillac or deluxe version of relaxation and rejuvenation. Practice this once a week and your nervous system will eternally thank you.
With the many styles of yoga available today, it can be confusing which one to choose. Often, when one thinks of yoga, one thinks. “I am doing something” or “I am stretching." However, restorative yoga is not about doing or stretching. Restorative yoga creates space so the body opens in a safe environment. It allows integration of all aspects of the self-the emotional, mental, physical, energetic, and spiritual. It is also about recognizing or reconnecting to our inherent goodness and inner wisdom.
The Latin origin of vacation is “vacare"- meaning state of being unoccupied. Achieving this state is possible. Yes, it is possible for everyone. And we do not need to escape to never never land to find that place. For restorative yoga, all that is necessary is a few props-blankets, bolsters or pillows will suffice- for this is yoga with comfort- and a willingness to do nothing. Just remember before your flight into deep relaxation to unpack the mental chatter from the suitcase.