Restorative yoga is something completely different!
It is all about slowing down and opening the body and mind through deep stretching. During these long holds, your muscles will relax completely. The beauty of restorative Yoga is that there is no muscular contraction involved. We believe we have to “work” to increase flexibility, but often we achieve more opening in parts of the body that we perceive as tight by softening and relaxing than through an active asana practice. Props are used to support the body instead of your muscles. When we feel supported, we are more inclined to relax and release long held tension.
“Restorative Yoga balances a fast lifestyle and has an enormous capacity to heal physical and mental symptoms that are stress related.”
First developed within the school of B.K.S. Iyengar in India, this supported yoga requires props such as bolsters, blocks, blankets, belts, walls, benches, sand bags, etc. Compared to more dynamic yoga practices, restorative yoga requires more attention and receptiveness. It involves a different kind of muscular engagement.
Classes are held in a relaxing studio space in candlelight and are accompanied by relaxing music. April finishes each class with a deep yoga nidra practice (guided relaxation) and individual head massage.
Classes: £8 drop in | £42 six week course
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If you have yet to try restorative yoga, here are ten top reasons to start:
- Restorative yoga helps you reach an optimal alignment.
- The beneficial effects of restorative yoga have the time to reach nerves and organs, including respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems.
- Encourages Mindfulness: slower movements cultivate space for a deeper experience of the poses and the breath. Awareness of the physical sensations, the thoughts or emotions that arise, or sounds in the environment, can all take on a much more profound significance in the depth of the restorative practice.
- Restorative yoga improves flexibility without injury risk or pain if done with care and respect for the body.
- Because restorative yoga relaxes the mind, it helps relieve anxiety.
- Restorative yoga helps insomnia.
- Restorative yoga develops patience, humbleness and the ability to focus.
- Restorative yoga improves respiratory capacity and blood circulation.
- Some restorative yoga poses can relieve pain in specific body areas, such as neck, lower back, hips, etc.
- Scientific studies have shown that restorative yoga can help people cope with serious illnesses, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
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