Slowing down is the precursor to Yoga practice because this simple act allows us to consider our thoughts, feelings and actions more carefully in the light of our desire to live peacefully.
— Donna Farhi

Restorative Yoga is specifically designed to deeply soothe the central nervous system, leaving you feeling relaxed and restored.

Often our minds and bodies can feel frazzled and worn out, in need of some TLC, especially when trying to juggle our busy lives. Restorative yoga postures are designed to open the body in a gentle and comfortable way.  The supported positions encourage us to learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, reducing layers of muscular tension, whilst de compressing joints and relieving aches and pains. It is suitable for all abilities.

Restorative Yoga has stemmed from the Iyengar tradition, and is a form of therapeutic healing. I was lucky enough to train with one of the pioneers of Restorative Yoga in the West, Judith Hanson Lasater, and here's what she has says about it:

“During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefitted, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscular tension, insomnia and generalised fatigue.”

This class usually begins with some gentle movement to ease the body towards stillness, followed by restful positions using props like blankets and bolsters, to support the body in postures that allow softening and tension to release. The postures are typically held for longer periods of time than other Yoga styles, anything from 5-20+ minutes. This nurturing style of Yoga is specifically beneficial for those needing to slow down, calm the body and mind and unwind.

The Friday Restore

A twice monthly opportunity to start your weekend with some self care and restoration. This class is shared by myself and Sam Loe, where we mostly teach one class each a month. We will also be offering 2 sessions over the rest of the year where we will teach together, inline with the changing of seasons.

The dates I will be teaching the class are:

2nd August, 11th October, 1st November, 6th December

With both Sam and I teaching as more of an event on:

20th September (Equinox) & 20th December (Solstice).

These 2 events are booking only, which you can do by visiting: samloe.yoga/classes/

See poster for more details:

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