At the end of a traditional Ashtanga Yoga asana practice we ‘take rest’. In Sharath’s book he writes, “It is important to take rest after the practice. […] No asana is being done here; one is only resting from the asana practice.”
Relax and Renew takes the concept of ‘taking rest’ and develops a whole discipline of physical postures and breathing techniques called restorative yoga. Building from just lying down, which is how most of us ‘take rest’, Judith’s book contains sequences of physical postures, many inspired from traditional Hatha Yoga asana, that use props such as blankets, blocks and bolsters to support the body in positions of ease and comfort to facilitate health and relaxation.
Within Mysore-style self-practice Ashtanga Yoga there is the flexibility to apply Judith’s techniques and to take rest as appropriate to your needs. In March 2014 I completed the Restorative Yoga teacher training with Judith. You can read more about Judith on her website www.judithlasater.com.