When days become shorter and colder, most mammals hunker down, hibernating or just physically moving more slowly through the winter. Not humans. For us, life only gets more frenetic when temperatures drop and the holiday season arrives. While the challenges that naturally arise in an active life can build strength, resilience, and confidence, a critical ingredient to that growth is easy to forget in our hyperproductive culture: recovery time.

“You need to rest, to put it simply,” says the California-based Iyengar instructor, restorative yoga teacher, and sleep researcher Roger Cole. “It allows you to recover fully from all the stresses and strains of life,” he explains-by relaxing muscles, lowering your heart rate, and allowing your nervous system to stop constantly reacting. “People come away from a restorative yoga class not only more relaxed but also more focused and effective,” he says. – Yoga Journal

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