Restorative Yoga: monthly Rest & Relax workshops, plus new Friday morning weekly class

 

Is it for me?

Are you seeking an extremely gentle approach to yoga, and some 'me-time' to pause, relax and restore? If so, these lovely sessions may be the ticket. Our monthly Rest & Relax workshops combines super-gentle Restorative Yoga with breathwork and meditation to help balance your nervous system, sleep better and unwind. From June 2018, our brand new Restorative Yoga classes on Friday mornings, 11am-12.15pm (click here), will take a similar approach, with the added benefit of a weekly practice. Both sessions are led by Sarah Nunn, a sensitive, intuitive teacher who is also a highly trained Yoga Therapist. 

Why take a Restorative Yoga session with us?

Restorative yoga is very different from a standard yoga class. It is an extremely gentle approach, requiring muscles to release rather than engage. As such, it is hugely accessible to anyone who can get on and off the floor without difficulty. We use bolsters, blankets and blocks to support your body, inviting muscles to completely relax and let go of tension. In turn, this leads to a resting of the mind and nervous system, in an age when, typically, our mind/body networks are constantly over-stimulated.  

Rest and Relax students
The science behind Restorative Yoga shows the practice is effective to help lower stress levels, improve sleep and boost mood. The practice also helps lessen negative internal narratives that reinforce anxiety and depression. 

Super gentle, supported postures are held for some minutes, aided by props, meaning the practice is highly accessible to everyone who can get on and off the floor without difficulty.

Over the course of the practice, our central nervous systems are guided away from our modern-day default 'flight or fight' mode, towards a place of far greater ease, as we enter the parasympathetic mode.  In essence, this moves us deeper towards complete physical and mental relaxation. Bliss!


Class structure

The structure of each session will depend on the any theme the individual teacher has chosen and the participants in the class. There may be a little gentle mindful movement to start with.

Restorative Yoga postures are held for far longer than traditional active postures - which is possible because they are so gentle, and work with the connective tissue rather than the muscles. These long-held postures give the mind/body network time to absorb the calming, supportive benefits of each pose.

Fast facts

Booking

We run Rest and Relax workshops on the first Friday of every month. From June 8, 2018, we will be running a weekly Restorative Yoga class, at 11am on Fridays. To book the Friday night monthly workshop, go here. To book the new Friday 11am class, go here

Suitability

To decide whether our Rest and Relax Yoga workshop is for you, simply ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you looking for a VERY gentle class to help you unwind and relax?
  • Are you able to lay on the floor for an extended period of time without discomfort, and also get on and off the floor without difficulty?

What shall I bring?

All equipment is provided for you, so there's no need to bring your own mat, blanket, bolster or block - we have everything you will need. :)

We recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.