Restorative Yoga

Overview

In a chronically stressed state, quality of life and perhaps life itself is at risk. The body’s capacity to heal itself can be compromised, inhibiting recovery from injury or illness, or it may create new illness or injury, including high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, immune dysfunction and depression.

The antidote to stress is relaxation. Restorative yoga focuses on relaxation, renewal, effortlessness and ease. Blankets, bolsters, straps, and other props safely support the body in various postures which allows the body to move towards a state of balance. This practice soothes your nervous system, helps you quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.

For Restorative & Meditation is a practice where an individual operates or trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content.

In this class, we we go on a journey to combine, use and practice 5 of the limbs of Yoga which is Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), Dharana (Concentration or One Pointedness Focus ), and Dhayana (Meditation). All of this is achieved by using Asana (Poses) and Pranayama (Breathing) exercises.

The poses in this class are typically held for 3 – 10mins, most of them either seated, supine or prone. All poses are meant to allow for you to relax and release, using hardly any effort or muscular strain, making it easier for you to transition into a meditative state.

Benefits

Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved.

It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.

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