This class features 100% Restorative Yoga. Just like the name sounds, this is a specialty class designed to relax, restore and help heal you from the inside out. More than just simple relaxation, this type of practice offers extraordinary physical and mental health benefits and can be powerfully effective in alleviating chronic stress and pain, common health conditions, and recovery from physically demanding activity, whether for work, sport or play.
The primary focus in this focused yet simple practice is to let the muscles and joints release tension and stress often held in the tissues. Accessible to all levels, Restorative Yoga is an exceptional methodology whereby passive resting postures are held for extended lengths of time to benefit the body and mind in multiple ways for optimal functioning.
With the aid of a variety of bolsters, blankets, blocks and other props, students are supported in a series of specific postures for specific lengths of time (3,5,10,15 minutes), enabling the experience of deep relaxation and physical restoration. Sessions will often include gentle movement, Pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation to further enhance feelings of calmness, relaxation and recovery.
This specialty class runs every Sunday afternoon 4:00-5:00pm.
Booking online is essential as spaces are limited to 12 students.
When we experience stress, the sympathetic nervous system responds, preparing the body to take action – the ‘fight or flight’ response. With ongoing physical and mental stress, this system is constantly working and we remain in a persistent state of heightened tension. This constant ramping up of the body can lead to many of the negative health effects caused by stress.
When you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy restorative yoga postures, you stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system – sometimes called the ‘rest and digest’ response – effectively counteracting the physical effects of chronic stress.
Interrupting this cycle of chronic stress and the ‘fight or flight’ response, by stimulating the parasympathetic system (rest and digest) tells the body, at a physiological level, to stop working so hard. It can then focus on recovery, releasing muscle tension and improving healthy digestion, blood pressure and sleep. Restorative yoga is just as beneficial for a competitive extreme sports athlete as it is for an over-worked frazzled sedentary office worker.