15 Sep Restorative Yoga
Want to ease stress & anxiety plus… get better sleep? Try Restorative Yoga!
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga focuses on fully supported positions that allow & encourage the body to relax, release & ease into peaceful stillness. A sequence typically involves only a few positions, supported by props that allow you to completely relax & rest. Each shape is held (or more accurately, released) for five to thirty minutes & may include light twists, seated forward folds, gentle backbends & a Savasana (with or without a guided relaxation or Yoga Nidra element). In our busy lives we are constantly doing & rushing. Restorative Yoga is a practice of doing less. It is still & slow, & it’s as much (or more) about the mind as it is the body.
What are the benefits?
- Relieves stress
- Eases tension in the body
- Improves sleep
- Strengthens immune & digestive function
- Stills a busy mind
- Balances the nervous system
How does Restorative Yoga work?
The relaxation that comes from Restorative Yoga is an effective way of reducing the constant stress in our daily lives because it activates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest response). The heart rate slows, stress hormones are reduced, & an ability to deal with our everyday stressors improves. The interruption of the stress response & the activation of the relaxation response is the overall goal of any Restorative Yoga practice.
What does a typical class look like?
The class goes for 60 minutes & consists of 2-4 restorative positions that are relaxed into for 5 – 15 minutes each, followed by a Yoga Nidra guided relaxation for at least 15 minutes.
What if I’ve never practiced yoga before?
The class is accessible to everyone, regardless of whether you have practiced any form of yoga before. All restorative positions are fully supported by props – bolsters, blankets, pillows, blocks, etc. so that your body is always comfortable no matter which position you are in.
What should I wear?
Choosing clothing that allows you to move freely & keeps you comfortable & warm. There is no need to buy specific yoga or exercise wear – you could even wear pyjamas if you like!