I know that it is hard to slow down sometimes, there feels like there is less and less time to rest. We take our bodies for granted and don’t nurture them like we are supposed to. This is why we have reintroduced Restorative Yoga into our class timetable. This practice has so many benefits from promoting deep relaxation to regulating the nervous system, Restorative Yoga will give us the space and time to reboot.
Why is slowing down important?
Our society is at breaking point in a multitude of different ways. The innumerable streams of fear based information we are facing on social media is very hard to filter. And for those who wish to use it for genuine heartfelt connections and promotion of positive events, it is hard to break through the negatives.
We operate through two different systems known as The Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) & The Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest & digest).
In years gone by, our ancestors had good reason to use fight or flight when running or climbing a tree to escape a large animal, luckily we don’t have to worry about that in our modern civilisation. However, that elevated heart rate and fear finds a way in. From seeing a post on social media that threatens peace of mind to receiving a late night email from your boss, there is a lot of fearful events at present time. I know it can be a lot to cope with, sometimes its too much and it overwhelms you. But this is the exact reason why you need to take time to slow down and let yourself recover.
“It’s so hard to sit in meditation”
It is imperative that we find the time, not only for our physical and physiological health, but also for our mental health that we learn to cultivate the ability to rest. Initially if you are not used to slowing down there may be a discomfort of the inner voice trying to dish out all of the reasons why you shouldn’t be there. The louder the voice the greater the need for a restorative practice.
Often people say to us, “it’s so hard to sit in meditation” What if we were to suggest you lay down supported with bolsters, blocks, blankets, pillows & cushions, this is Restorative Yoga. You may fall asleep, that’s ok, it shows even more reason to do this practice, when you are rested enough you won’t fall asleep and with regular practice, this could end up being your gateway to developing a meditation practice.
The benefits of Restorative Yoga
There are many benefits to Restorative Yoga, the key one being that every 10 minutes of this practice is worth an hour’s sleep. Now who doesn’t want to leave a class feeling as though they have had a full nights sleep. It is important, like with any practice, that it is regularly practiced. This way you will feel the full benefits.
The benefits of regular Restorative practice:
- Stills a busy mind
- Invokes deep relaxation
- Eases muscle tension
- Enhances our ability to sleep peacefully
- Improves the body’s ability to heal
- Regulates the nervous system
- Boost the immune system
- Allows us to create space and compassion for the Self
- Enables us to be in a better space to hold space for others
Our Restorative Yoga Class
We see the benefits of Restorative Yoga in everyone we share the practice with and this is why we have decided to bring it back as one of our regular yoga classes in the timetable.
Our Relax, Restore & Revive yoga sessions begin every other Thursday evening 6.15-7.45pm as of Thursday 8th Oct. Ideally you will need to bring with you equipment for the class. If you are missing anything we can loan them to you or we can order them for you in our next equipment order. Do let us know if you need anything.
For this class you will need:
- Yoga Mat
- 2 Bricks
- A Block
- A Bed Pillow
- Two Cushions
- Two Blankets
We are looking forward to our kula reaping the rewards of Restorative Yoga. Join us and feel the benefits of taking time to slow down.