Once month I hold a Rest & Restore 2 hour Restorative Yoga workshop. We do gentle movement and then, using bolsters, blankets and blocks, we get into positions that allow our bodies and minds to melt. We slow it down and get rid of the busy-ness in our heads. It is suitable for anyone who has never done yoga before, it is suitable for people with injuries, people who have a strong yoga practice and those who simply want to take some time out for themselves.
The next Rest & Restore workshop is Saturday June 13th at 10am and there are Restorative Yoga classes every Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
Here are 3 more reasons to do Restorative Yoga.
Apart from being physically comfortable, Restorative Yoga poses also give your brain rest. The positions used allow your mind quieten itself naturally. Every part of the body is helped to relax, supports and props are used and you’re covered with a favourite blanket as you breathe deeply and evenly. There is nothing to think of except how cosy you feel!
Restorative Yoga can help provide comfort and relief from stress and minor aches and pains, it may also improve the metabolic parameters in people who struggle with weight, according to a 2008 “Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders” study. Also those at risk for diabetes and hypertension may benefit from a regular restorative yoga practice. Restorative poses can help stimulate the circulatory system, which improves energy. Everything from post-operative to womens health to a number of stress-related conditions such as Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can all be helped with Restorative Yoga.
It is 2 hours of time for yourself to leave the stresses and strains of the outside world. But it also teaches us ways in which to handle those everyday stresses and strains. You will learn simple ways in which to take Restorative Yoga home with you.
For more information on the workshops and weekly Restorative Yoga class contact Brenda on 085 150 2378 or see www.anandacentre.com for upcoming events
1. Breathe in as you raise your shoulders to your ears. Exhale and let the shoulders drop down. Do this 3 times.
2. Raise your arms above your head, have the palms facing each other. Relax the shoulders away from the ears. Take 3 breaths.
3. Sit or stand with back straight, shoulders away from the ears and turn your head slowly to the right as you exhale. Inhale and come back to centre. Exhale to the other side. X 3
4. On an exhale bring your right ear to meet in the direction of the right shoulder, slowly. Keep both shoulders relaxed, especially the left one. Inhale back to centre. Now do the other side. X 3
5. Sit/stand. Bring all your attention to your breathing in and out of your nostrils. Don’t change it, just observe it. For 5 easy breaths notice the temperature of the breath…can you sense a difference on the inhale and the exhale. (A lot harder than it sounds!)
Continue with your day feeling pleased with oneself for having completed a mini yoga session!