Restorative yoga

Your guide to our Restorative yoga class

The Restorative yoga class at Brighton studio is the perfect way to unwind from the stresses of the day. The antidote to stress is relaxation. Restorative yoga is a receptive practice not an active practice. To relax is to rest deeply. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet, where the body is encouraged to “let go” of deep holding patterns and find a state of balance that will allow healing to take place.

In this class the body will be placed in nurturing yoga postures supported with bolsters, blocks and blankets and held from 5 to as long as twenty minutes. When practiced‬ regularly, these postures will help you to relieve the effects of fatigue and chronic stress.‬ Restorative postures focus‬ on being, rather than doing bringing your body and mind into balance. We pay particular attention to the breath allowing the participant to establish calm rhythmic breathing that will have a soothing affect on the body and mind.

Each restorative sequence is designed to move the spine in all directions, these movements illustrate the age-old wisdom of yoga: that a healthy spine enhances wellbeing. A restorative sequence will include backbends, forward bends,‬ twists and inversions. This can be as simple as putting your legs on a bolster, but the effects can be quite powerful. By changing the relationship of the legs with gravity, the fluids that accumulate in the lower extremities, due to sitting and standing all‬ day, are returned to the upper body. This enhances heart function.‬

Restorative yoga can at first prove difficult to the beginner as it takes time to train the mind to find some quiet, to allow ourselves time to be instead constantly of doing.

Even during sleep the body is constantly moving.

- Open to all levels

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