NEW: Monthly Restorative Yoga Classes

Get ready, set, rest…

Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, sleep-deprived or simply in need of some ‘me-time’? Restorative Yoga can recharge your batteries, re-set your nervous system and bring a sense of balance back to your life. 

Monthly early evening classes are starting at Studio Yoga on Thursdays at 5.45pm, from July 25, with teacher Tamsin Kelly. Advance booking is recommended.

This is a gentle, quiet practice, with a focus on a few simple lying poses where the body is supported using props for maximum ease and comfort. This enables us to rest completely at all levels, for physical, emotional and mental well-being. It is suitable for everyone, and no prior yoga experience is required.

Rest is different from relaxation. We need to be in a relaxed state for rest to happen, but not all relaxing activities are restful.  However rest is essential for the body is able repair, heal and rejuvenate.  It is when the body re-calibrates for health and vitality and there is mental calmness.

A lack of rest can deplete our reserves and lead to ill health or lethargy or fatigue. The immune system or the digestive system might be compromised. We may feel agitated or anxious and emotions can be more easily triggered. 

Rest is not the same as sleep, although we need quality restful sleep. Restorative Yoga is active rest, with each pose having a different energetic effect. The focus is on opening and nourishing the body. It differs from Yin Yoga where the intention is to stretch and lengthen muscles and connective tissue. These gentle poses can be particularly beneficial when we are facing major life events, such as the death of a loved one, moving house or changing job, marriage, divorce or recovering from illness or injury.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga Practice

  1. To let the nervous system shift from Sympathetic-dominance to Parasympathetic-dominance (Autonomic Nervous System)
  2. To allow for conscious deep rest, a state for the body to repair, grow, rejuvenate, and heal.
  3. Allow for energetic, emotional and mental balance/equanimity, to reinstate our innate true nature of kindness, generosity, expansiveness and openness to life.
  4. To counter the negative effects of chronic stress on the body.
  5. As a precursor and preparation for pranayama practice and meditation.
  6. When well rested, it is more likely that we could offer the best version of ourselves to the world and to ourselves.
  7. To rest the mind.

Future dates for Restorative Yoga classes

25 July 2019,   19 September 2019,   17 October 2019,   21 November 2019,   12 December 2019