Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga Relaxation, Renew and Sustain
Life is extremely busy and demanding these days. Our bodies are trying to keep up the pace and the result is stress hormones flooding our bloodstream unabated at times … a recipe for exhaustion and health problems.
I am the first to admit my days are jam packed being self-employed means a never-ending stream of things to do. I love it all teaching Yoga, Feldenkrais and my work as an Occupational Therapist but it can all leave me feeling a bit depleted and wired … I am sure you know the feeling.
Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga to the rescue, these styles of Yoga are deeply nourishing and bring balance to our over stimulated bodies and minds.
I tell my Yoga students your energy is a bit like your bank account there is a bottom line. If we put out too much; working long hours, over scheduling we have nothing left and this is the root of many of our health issues.
- Stiff and heavy muscles
- Poor digestion
- Low mood
- Sleep issues
- Headaches and lower back pain
- Recurrent colds and flu like illness
These are the signals our intelligent body gives to let us know we are out of balance. and we need to learn to listen and respond by slowing down. Restorative and Yin yoga are pretty much the same styles of yoga. Both styles use props and focus on resting in stillness in a shape that gently stretches and compresses the soft issues.
Whilst in the poses we allow our muscles and soft tissues to let go , we cultivate the use of mindful breathing and an attitude of resting in a state of “ being “ similar to lying on your back staring at clouds or listening to the wind in the trees. Both are of great benefit for restoring balance but the yoga poses encourage a deeper physical release. This release allows the free flow of energy in the body nourishing not just the muscles and joints but the organs. This energy is called chi in Chinese Medicine and prana in the Ayurveda and Yoga Science. This new flow of energy leaves you feeling a deep sense of peace, muscular relaxation and renewed energy.
In a private Yoga Therapy session Yin and Restorative Yoga are useful tools to bring about balance and healing from deep within. In a private lesson I will tailor the poses and sequences for you and assist you to access them safely and effectively. A skilled Yoga Therapist supports you on your journey toward healing and renewal. The tools of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga are gentle and effective remedies for the chronic low-grade feelings of fatigue and ill health. The practices help us unwind deep physical and mental stresses and allow us to renew the sense of peace and joy that lies within… that is the journey of Yoga.