8 Reasons to practise Restorative Yoga
- It can support slowing down the pace of life.
- It can encourage mindfulness, due to the expanded awareness of ourselves, our body and breath.
- It can help heal the effects of chronic stress.
- It can help us to discover where we are holding tension in our body (which is often hidden particularly if we are used to being stressed or often stressed).
- It can create the conditions to allow us to rest deeply and truly relax.
- It can provide space and time to support recovery from illness or injury.
- It can help us feel nurtured and safe.
- It can be a great complement to more active practices.
In this Restorative Yoga course, Simon guides you through eight individual restorative yoga poses. You are then free to rest deeply in each individual pose by creating your own sequence or you can follow one of Simon's recommended sequences, depending on how much time you have.
During a Restorative yoga session, you are invited to slow down, focus on your breath and practise stillness or gentle movements. Yoga postures are practised usually supine or seated, supported by props, and held for longer periods than a usual yoga pose in a general class. This encourages the body to let go, releasing muscular tension, as the props are supporting your body rather than the muscles.
Restorative yoga is suitable for everyone whether you are new to yoga or more experienced.
I am a British Wheel of Yoga accredited London based yoga teacher and have been practising & studying yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2010. I am also a certified iRest meditation Teacher.
As a yoga teacher I come with 25 years experience of a fast -paced, city working-life and all the pressures, expectations and challenges that this lifestyle brings. I have seen the positives that yoga can bring first hand including supporting improved focus and energy as well as helping alleviate symptoms of stress and supporting improved sleep patterns particularly after long periods of travelling. I am also able to rest much more deeply. With a regular asana (yoga pose) practise, I have also significantly benefited from improved posture, flexibility and movement in my body where there were restrictions.
StartDownward facing savasana (12:14)
StartSupported bound angle pose (12:44)
StartSupported gateway pose (13:03)
StartMountain brook pose (10:18)
StartSupported child's pose (7:09)
StartElevated legs over chair pose (13:04)
StartSide lying resting pose (13:01)
StartSavasana / final relaxation pose (12:07)