Restorative yoga is known as "active relaxation" and helps us to learn to rest deeply and completely. Relaxation is a state in which there is no tension, no movement and no effort. In this state the mind is quiet.
All restorative yoga poses create specific physiological responses that benefit health and reduce the effects of stress. We move from 'fight / flight' mode (sympathetic nervous system) to 'restore / nurture' mode (parasympathetic nervous system) during a restorative yoga practice.
We use a number of yoga props in order to support the body in a restorative yoga pose so that minimal physical effort is required to hold the pose. Often a restorative yoga pose is held 2 - 10 minutes to allow for the benefits to permeate our physical, mental and emotional self.
BENEFITS OF RESTORATIVE YOGA
balances the nervous system
reduces the effects of stress
slows heart rate
slows breathing rate
reduces blood pressure
reduces brain arousal
reduces fluid retention
beneficial for the glandular system
releases deeply held tension
lowers cortisol levels (which can be associated with abdominal fat)
can assist in weightloss
helps in recovery from illness
can heal emotional pain
quietens the mind
creates a sense of wellbeing
The development of restorative yoga is credited to BKS Iyengar (1918 - 2014) who is widely recognised as a worldwide authority on yoga.
RELAX AND RENEW MASTERCLASS - learn the art of Restorative Yoga and Pranayama
Saturday 28 September
2 - 4.30pm
We also offer restorative sessions within our our regular intermediate classes.
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Buy a 10 class pass today and you're on your way to balancing your nervous system and reducing the effects of stress in your life.