Restorative invites a deep relaxation and space for deeper connection and contemplation, embracing a harmonious embodiment of mostly floor based postures. It’s especially beneficial if you are experiencing short or long-term stress, fatigue or the days when you feel you need some extra grounding. It's also tremendously helpful in preventing joint rigidity and immobility, regenerating tissues and nourishing our meridians.
Yin Yoga This form of yoga helps us to go deeper into the 'Yin' tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascia networks, tendons and bones. You'll find in this class postures are supported by many props and they are held from a time frame of 3-5 minutes. The difference with Yin and Restorative is that in Yin we will try and find an appropriate edge of stretch to relax target areas in our body and also to relax with the least amount of effort as possible.
My classes also generally including some Meditation and calming Pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to quieten the mind.
Pranayama is a practice that enhances our pranic vitality and concentration skills by altering the three acpects of breathing; The inhalation (puraka), the exhalation (rechaka), and the pause in between (kumbhaka). It is a wonderful prelude to meditation necasue it calms and steadies the mind. It also helps to clear blockages in the meridians, expels toxins from the blood, and rids the lungs of stale air. It brings fresh energy to brain cells and glands, and nourishes the whole body with an extra supply of oxygen. It is highly recommended for people with insomnia, mental tension and depression. Meditationis a perfect practice to join up with yin and I normally include Mindfulness Meditation or at times a Visualisation Meditation. Mindfulness stems from the teaching of the Buddha, given more than 2500 yrs ago. It is both an attitude and a technique that is encapsulated within the practice if vipassana (insight). It helps to free us from our continuous stream of thoughts that can keep taking us away from the truthfulness of the present moment. It is a simple way to bring ourselves back to feeling more centred, calm and light hearted.