Monday, March 16, 2009

Consumerism vs. Restorative Yoga

Does Restorative Yoga Promote Consumerism?

Restorative yoga can be affordable, green, and easy to practice.

I came across a posting of someone who has felt an aversion to doing Restorative yoga in the past. (http://www.yogoer.com/classes/restorative-yoga-aversion-and-embrace-plus-a-rant-on-consumerism/) But then reports that after doing one class she “might be hooked.”

Part of her reluctance is about all the props needed in Restorative and how that contributes to consumerism. It’s true when I teach at the studio I do need a lot of props: bolsters, zafus, blankets, mats, blocks, belts, wedges, plus we have a big cushy carpet we roll out. Restorative is prop heavy (and luxurious and a great precursor to meditation).

But you don’t have to go out and buy things – especially if you are doing a home practice. When I am at home I use couch cushions, bed pillows, random blankets, etc. As you can see from most of my Restorative Focus Pose images, I am mostly using couch pillows like I said, although I do use some traditional yoga props as well. Please check back as I will be uploading more images and “how-to’s” soon.

Namaste ~ Sara

1 comment:

Peace said...

Hi

Your blog is inspiring me for restorative yoga! Before, I had not heard of restorative yoga and saw an open class at the school I was going to. I went to the class, the idea of props didnt appeal to me previously (I saw it as unnatural). In the class though, I did appreciate the use of props and it was a different experience. I find it is quite alot harder than yoga that is more flow-based because you have to put more effort into concentrating to stop your mind wandering. I don't think it promotes consumerism though because, as you say, you can use 'props' that you already have in your house.
Peace