What is restorative yoga?
Restorative yoga is simply that – restorative…. It is about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. Props are used to allow a gentle opening in the body and most poses are experienced while laying or sitting on the floor. Through the long holds of restorative yoga, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply.
Who is it suitable for?
The beauty of restorative yoga is that anyone can enjoy it, you don’t need to be flexible or to have practised yoga before. If you are going through a stressful time, if you have been unwell, suffer from insomnia or you need to relax this is the perfect practise.
What will the session involve?
Restorative yoga is a completely different experience from most contemporary yoga. Props are used extensively to support your body so you can hold poses for longer periods of time. Postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining. After you are set up in a pose with all your props you will hold the pose for an extended period, often up to ten or twenty minutes.
We will finish with yoga nidra, a gentle guided meditation to take you into deep relaxation.
What equipment do I need?
It is best to bring your own mat, blanket and pillow, but if you don’t have these, please let me know in advance and I can source some extras.
All other equipment will be provided.