Sunday, 9:30 - 10:45 am, Restorative Yoga (75 minutes)
Get in touch with Wendy using the form below to discuss your needs. All private classes are held at our Endeavour Hills Home Studio. All bolsters, blankets, blocks and other props supplied with each session.
Who needs Restorative Yoga? Anyone constantly stressed. The stress response, is the body’s natural response to life-threatening situations. The problems start arising when we are in this state for long periods of time because of our hectic work/family/lifestyle. The body (and mind) can only function effectively in a stress state before our performance is impacted. Our decision-making skills are also compromised as we are not making choices from a state of calm and clarity. If ignored for long enough, it has the potential to lead to chronic fatigue.
Restorative yoga can be thought of as an antidote to a busy and stressed out life. It’s an embodied meditation, where we set you up to be extremely comfortable with props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, eye pillows, belts, etc) so your body is completely supported to allow muscles to relax and thus stay in various poses for longer.
Physiologically it takes muscles about 15 minutes to relax and let go. This relaxation is deeply restoring and restful. It restores your energy and reinvigorates better than a coffee (in my opinion).
We set the body up, so that the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest state) can dominate and trigger the relaxation response. The sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight response) is reduced which results in the stress hormone, cortisol lowering in the blood stream. As we minimise movement, the cardiovascular system experiences the heart rate lowering, allowing blood pressure to decrease. The musculoskeletal system relaxes muscular tension as the muscles and bones are not needed to support the body against gravity.
In restorative yoga, there is no stretching or engaging muscles. There is minimal movement. It is just being. Being with yourself. Setting yourself up to be extremely comfortable so that stillness comes with ease in the body and mind. The foundation of meditation is to be comfortable. Restorative yoga ensures this foundation is set up from the beginning, in order for the meditative state to spontaneously be achieved effortlessly.
The body sleeps, and the mind watches. It’s different to sleep, but on the same spectrum. It is the rest state just before sleep.
For it to be the most effective, it just needs time. That sweet time is when the magic happens. A chance to really be with yourself. No outside disturbances pulling your attention. Just you, allowing your body time to rest and recover, where your mind is able to process the events of the day, the week, month, lifetime.
The trick is to let go of control, trust the pose, trust the work you are allowing to happen. Trust your mind to do the sorting and processing. It’s great time to allow reflection to unfold. For self study and observation of our self-awareness.
What if uncomfortable things surface? Past fear, memories, images, thoughts, emotions, etc. Just let them. I know, easier said than done. Try allowing feelings to surface, emotions to be felt in the body, just watch, no need to explain or attach a narrative to explain. It may or may not make any sense. This is normal. It could be interesting, boring, amazing, blissful, unexplainable, and everything in between. Every time will be different. A new adventure every time.
Every practise/meditation/yoga is just a guide and suggestion. If you start to feel uncomfortable, and cannot stay, honour yourself by coming out and returning back into the space.
Book a time to experience, Restorative Yoga with Wendy below.