Schedule: 4th Sunday of every month, time 9.00 - 10.30 am.
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: £12.50 per month paid one month in advance, I only do small classes so need this commitment. I do offer a 6 month block at £62.50 giving you a discount of £12.50 (for an odd Sunday you can’t make it or a discount thanking you for attending the whole block). This only applied at the beginning of a block though not half way through.
Requirments for lesson:
- You will need a Yoga Mat.
- 1 Yoga Block & 2 Yoga Bricks.
- 1 Yoga Strap
- 1 Bloster
- 1 Sandbag
- Wear loose comfortable clothing, so that the body is not restricted.
- I also recommend two small towels for those wrist and knee issues.
- Please bring a blanket & eye pillow for relaxation afterwards.
- Light music and maybe anything personal to you to set the tone for 1.5 hours of self-care.
All items can be swapped out as you need too.
What is Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Most contemporary yoga is an active practice in which you move from pose to pose, building heat and increasing your strength and flexibility in equal measure. This type of yoga can benefit everyone, especially if you are recovering from illness, injury, stress or if you prefer a gentle approach to your yoga practice. Your body is fully supported using a variety of yoga props so you can achieve those well-known yoga poses, you will hold the pose for 5 minutes or more, during these long holds, your muscles relax deeply, the body opens through passive stretching. Learning how to unwind, relax, de stress and heal, in order to re boot and restore our nervous system.
When students first come to Restorative Yoga, they tend to bring the “no pain no gain” mentality along with their mats which can cause injury. Restorative Yoga’s philosophy looks a lot different, here you learn to push yourself more gently, without a competitive attitude, here it’s “no pain loads of gain” so relax and nurture your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing with restorative yoga. A balance of compassionate guidance and quiet spaciousness to turn inward for self-exploration and insight, a sense of calm, re-energize and relaxation just for you.
All Props All the Time
Restorative poses are supported by blocks, bolsters, blankets, sand bags and other props, all designed to maximize comfort and to eliminate unnecessary straining enabling you to fully “let go.” the props are used to support your body instead of your muscles doing this.
What to Expect in a Session
Deep relaxation, I will arrange the necessary props for you, I will cocoon you in blankets for extra warmth and comfort. After you are set up in a pose with all your props, you will hold the pose for an extended period. Although you are supported, you will definitely still feel the stretching, you will continue to focus on your breath throughout. At the end of the session your body feels open and refreshed.
- Back bends lift our energy, from a restorative point of view, one of the most important benefits of the back bend is it helps reduce the flow of cortisol throughout the body, the stress hormone that wreaks so much havoc on out health. Stretches the muscles of the front body and as the front body opens, it allows you to take a deeper breath, gaining more energy, circulation increases to the heart, the nervous system and thymus gland are stimulated, and your and immune system get a hearty boost.
- Forward bends calm our energy, opening up the back area of the body. Massages the belly. Calms the brain. Improve digestion. Reduce fatigue. Improve high blood pressure.
- Twists calm the nervous system and help with digestion, improve vertebral joint flexibility. Improve digestion. Improve circulation by squeezing and soaking the internal organs in blood.
- Gentle Inversions, improve circulation and help bring more blood to the brain, which helps bring mental clarity, focus, and a sense of peace. Inversions can even help you get to sleep more quickly and help you sleep more soundly.
Just a few examples of Restorative Yoga Poses...
Child PoseBenefits: Helps to gently open up the back of the body. Releases tension in the back, shoulders and hips. Stretches the lower back.
Reclining Bridge PoseBenefits: Allows the spine to open while being gently supported. Having the head slightly lower than the heart deepens the relaxation response.
Seated Wide Angle PoseBenefits: Stretches the hamstrings, calves, spine, pelvis, and groins. Massages and stimulates the kidneys and their ability to remove toxins from the body. Calms the mind and provides relief from anxiety, fatigue, and mild depression.
Reclining Bound Angle PoseBenefits: Great stress reducer on all levels. Provides a gentle opening for the back, shoulders, chest and hips. Stretches your inner thighs, and opens up the pelvis area.
Origins of Restorative Yoga.
Modern restorative yoga is derived from a yoga style that was invented by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1937, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest yoga masters in the world. Iyengar instructed his students to make use of props to perfect their poses, which provided the foundation for the development of restorative yoga. He died in 2014 at the age of 95.