What is Restorative Yoga?
Welcome to the world of deep relaxation
The function of Restorative Yoga is to release deep held tensions in the body and to begin to manage those things that cause us stress.
Living in our busy urban C21st world it is often difficult to resolve the things that stress us.
Reacting to the fight-flight or freeze response of our adrenalised body, sometimes we cant ‘shake off’ the tensions – so what do we do?
We carry them around with us! Whether it is lifting our tight shoulders to our ears – causing back pain and headaches – or getting into bed with a mind over-filled with thoughts all rattling around for attention and wondering why sleep does not come easily.
We may over time develop high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, headaches, reproductive problems, depression. Any or all of these conditions may make you still more stressed. So the cycle of tiredness, irritability, poor digestion and elimination, being run down and catching colds and viruses just continues.
Do you recognise any of these symptoms?
We might be in search of a better quality of life, want to change our fast paced life and understand the benefits of slowing down – but we want to change it all NOW!
This is where Restorative Yoga is a real winner.
One class will have an effect. You will feel relaxed physically, with a quieter less reactive mind, calmer and more compassionate.
Over time, with regular practice and patience, patterns will change and you will develop tools to recognise and tame your stressors. Your shoulders will ease and you will drop into bed and fall into a deep sleep.
Restorative Yoga is a slower, floor based style of Yoga developed by BKS Iyengar, using props such as bolsters and blankets to support the body. The asanas are longer held, benefiting our organs, our blood pressure, our endocrine system, and slowing our little heart down too!
Here is a quote from Judith Hanson Lasater:-
‘Whatever the stressor, the mind alerts the body that danger is present. In response, the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, secrete catecholamine hormones. These adrenaline and noradrenalin hormones act upon the autonomic nervous system, as the body prepares for fight or flight. Heart rate, blood pressure, mental alertness, and muscular tension are increased…….the body shuts down the systems that are not a priority in the immediate moment, including digestion, elimination, growth, repair and reproduction.’
Restorative Yoga by Zoom
3rd Thursday of the month – 1900-2015. Please contact me.
(See my calendar of Yoga Classes for other options, including ‘Yoga Gently’, Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga.)
“Thank you so much for your lovely classes… for bringing those invaluable calm and quiet windows into our world.” – Jo.
“As someone who sits at an office computer every day, my yoga class is invaluable in helping the body maintain flexibility, and allowing the mind to find some quiet time.” – Amanda.
“Thank you so much for the lovely classes this year. You have really helped me learn how to relax and sleep better.” – Susie.