By using props, such as bolsters and blankets to support the body in deep relaxation, this practice becomes a restorative and nurturing one. Postures are held for long periods of time in order to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and to encourage the body and mind to experience complete surrender. This is an ideal class for anyone seeking to slow down, connect to their breath, and restore body, mind and spirit.
Our restorative classes are small so the teacher can properly assist each of the students, and our restorative studio is fully equipped with props (bolsters, blankets, straps, blocks).
Benefits Of Restorative Yoga
- Helps You Feel Safe and Nurtured
In daily life it’s easy to get pulled into the insecurity that is a by product of the modern world and go through your days haunted by fear and anxiety. Restorative yoga provides you with a safe haven and allows you can reconnect with your true nature, which is immortal, invincible, pure, and nourishing and helps you to reclaim the fearless nature of your soul.
- Slows Down the Pace of Life
Restorative yoga is great opportunity to disconnect from the crazy activity of daily life. It offers a welcome respite among all the turbulence of life and helps to prepare the mind and body for the inward stroke of meditation and deepened awareness.
- Encourages Mindfulness
Slower movements cultivate space for a deeper experience of the poses and the breath. Awareness of the physical sensations, the thoughts or emotions that arise, bodily sensations or sounds in the environment, can all take on a much more profound significance in the depth of the restorative practice, enabling you to be in the present moment.
- Sooths to the Nervous System
The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system from the very first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level.
- Harbors Transcendence
Many forms of Hatha yoga are considered a precursor to extended periods of meditation. Through the practice, muscles, joints, and subtle energy centers are enlivened to help facilitate a deeper and more comfortable experience of meditation. However, the practice of restorative yoga in and of itself often leads to a transcendent experience of deep oneness with the universal level of consciousness. Each pose and each breath serves to lead you further up the ladder of expanded awareness. As the practice expands, the vehicle of yoga carries you from the waking state of consciousness into the silent space between your thoughts—the space from where you’re able to glimpse the soul and awaken the divinity within.
- Harvests Heightened Body Awareness
The slow pace of restorative yoga opens the doorway to a deeper understanding of your own body, and invites to explore and embrace intimacy with your own body.
- Promotes surrender and acceptance
By its very nature, the restorative yoga practice is the antithesis of the “no-pain-no-gain” mentality. You receive the greatest benefits from your practice not through forcing yourself into a pose, but by releasing and surrendering to it.
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