One of our restorative yoga teachers Clare describes our weekly Thursday evenings as ‘an evening of really not doing too much – and then resting afterwards’. But don’t jump to conclusions about this special practice of restorative yoga. From this description she goes on to explain all that is happening. And it’s powerful stuff…
The special practice of Restorative Yoga is less about stretching and more about finding stillness in supported postures.
It soothingly restores vital energy – as the physical body softens, the nervous system slows down and this is when healing can happen: Reducing anxiety, lower blood pressure, the heart can relax and it generates a deep sense of well being.
So when you might think you’re not doing a lot as you surrender, release and let go into the supported postures.. you’re in fact actually doing a lot! The bodies systems are rebalancing, it’s deeply nourishing for the mind – so that you can ‘clear the screen’ to leave you feeling unburdened, clear, refreshed and relaxed.
It’s an important act of self-care that will keep you well and truly on the right track and ready for whatever the rest of the week/life might throw at you.
Really we should all practice restorative yoga each week, as an antidote to our busy, stimulated modern lives. But if that is truly not possible, then at those moments where you think everything is spiralling into craziness, or you’re feeling exhausted then remember this weekly chance to combat it. Put Thursdays 8pm into your diary as when you restore yourself.
If you need something a little bit more than an hour of Restorative Yoga, check out for our Active Escape called Relax It. A combination of gentle flow, restorative yoga, massage, yoga nidra and homemade nourishing food.