Restorative yoga is a quietening and grounding practice which uses props to completely support the body, all muscles and joints are released. You hold the poses for a period of time to allow the nervous system to recalibrate promoting rest, digest and repair responses.
You may think what is the difference between this and Yin yoga as they do sound similar. In Yin yoga the deeper tissues are directly targeted and stimulated, whereas the main focus of Restorative yoga is completely releasing the joints onto props, allowing the muscles and soft tissues to release which can allow relaxation on a physical, mental and emotional level.
The aim of Restorative yoga is to tackle the physical and mental effects of everyday stress within deeply nourishing poses and breathing techniques.
Deeply relaxes the body
Encourages stillness of the mind
Improves capacity for healing and balancing
Balances the nervous and immune system
Improves digestion and elimination
Due to the large number of props required I don’t teach restorative yoga in group classes. However, if you are interested in experiencing a class or wish to find out more information please get in touch as these can be offered on a 1-2-1 basis.