In my view, Restorative Yoga is the ultimate balance practice.
There’s are many ways we choose to ‘relax’ in this busy world of ours. The ability to switch attention from the demands of work or home, and to take a break from habitual patterns of activity and thought, is necessary for a healthy functioning life. The popular saying ‘a change is as good as a rest’ holds some great home truth.
The effectiveness of Restorative Yoga, however, in terms of creating balance between activity and relaxation lies in the specificity of intention. The singularity of it. We come into this practice with the sole intention of letting go – of everything, but especially of effort. In this sense we are not seeking to ‘change’ our state so much as to ‘allow’ ourselves space, openess, and profound surrender of effort. A sense of vital re-invigoration of our whole body/mind/heart system is the result.
Animals are experts at resting between bouts of activity, but as adult humans in western society, the tendency is to keep stimulating ourselves to push through a sense of tiredness. Over time we forget how to truly relax, and our physical, mental and emotional systems pay the price of continually being switched ‘on’. Even sleep can suffer.
In a restorative yoga class, you are set up in physically very supportive poses that allow the body to profoundly relax. It is more about opening the body, rather than stretching it. Poses are held for longer periods of time, the message to the body and whole system being that there is no rush. As a session progresses, profound spaciousness and stillness of being develop, brainwaves slowing, the nervous system calming, blood pressure lowering. Here the body heals, the mind refreshes, the heart eases. It is a gift to yourself to take this opportunity whenever you can!
I am offering regular classes and workshops in this region, focusing on the art of letting go. 2017 dates and details for upcoming retreats, classes and venues are being worked out now.
Meanwhile, I will be teaching the first ‘Big Relax‘ of the year on Saturday, 21 January at Yoga Spirit Studio (194 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville), from 3-5pm. This is a wonderful way to treat yourself and set an intention of positive self-care at the beginning of the year! Go to the website to book your place – the class fills fast.
For more information, or to book a private restorative yoga session with me, please fill in the form below and I’ll be happy to help you out.