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Restorative Yoga Classes

Restorative yoga is a style of yoga that encourages physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Appropriate for all levels, Restorative yoga is practiced at a slow pace, focusing on long holds, stillness, and deep breathing. 

Unlike more active yoga styles like Vinyasa, you can expect to hold a pose for five minutes or more, only performing a handful of poses in one Restorative yoga session.

Gentle, supportive, and therapeutic are just a few words that describe Restorative yoga. At its core, Restorative yoga is a practice of passive healing. This yoga style is known for its ability to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the “rest and digest” part of your nervous system that helps keep basic functions working as they should. 

As the name suggests, this style of yoga “restores” the body to its parasympathetic nervous system function, which, in turn, helps the body rest, heal, and restore balance. 

By allowing time for longer asanas (postures or poses) and deeper breathing, restorative yoga helps elicit the relaxation response. This response can help slow breathing, reduce blood pressure, and produce a feeling of calm and increased well-being. 

 

A key feature in Restorative yoga is the use of props such as blocks, bolsters, or blankets. The props help you hold passive poses for longer without exerting or tiring out your muscles. It also allows you to feel comfortable and supported, regardless of your experience with yoga. As you are encouraged to relax fully in the pose while focusing on your breath, Restorative yoga allows you to release tension in your muscles for longer periods without discomfort.

For private group Restorative yoga classes or to discuss anything further with the teacher go here.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga Classes

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  • Deeply relaxes your mind and body

  • Soothes the nervous system

  • Enhances your mood

  • Reduces chronic pain

  • Improves sleep

  • Improves wellbeing lowering levels of stress and fatigue

  • Suitable for people with acute or chronic injury as it is gentle on the body

  • Works of a part of an overall treatment plan for chronic health conditions

  • Safe to perform during pregnancy

  • Releases muscle tension improving mobility and flexibility

  • Increases the capacity for healing and balancing

  • Develops qualities of compassion and understanding towards the self and others 

  • Boosts the immune system