Book your 2024 Restorative session
This Rest, Relax, Restore – Gentle Yoga and Quiet Mindfulness practice day will give opportunity to relax deeply into the quiet ground of your being through gentle movement, time outside in nature, quiet breathing, meditation, and a luscious restorative yoga session.
Sunday, 29 September 2024
Sophia Centre, 225 Cross Road, Cumberland Park, SA
(includes use of all equipment plus a lovely afternoon tea with cake… )
NOTE: Space limited to a MAXIMUM of 14 people… book early.
In my view, Restorative Yoga is the ultimate balance practice.
There are many ways we choose to ‘relax’ in this busy world of ours. The ability to switch attention from the demands of work or home, and to take a break from habitual patterns of activity and thought, is necessary for a healthy functioning life.
The popular saying ‘a change is as good as a rest’ holds some great home truth.
The effectiveness of Restorative Yoga lies in the specificity of intention. The singularity of it. We come into this practice with the sole intention of letting go – of everything, but especially of effort.
In this sense we are not seeking to ‘change’ our state so much as to ‘allow’ ourselves space, openness, and profound surrender of effort. A sense of vital re-invigoration of our whole body/mind/heart system is the result.
Animals are experts at resting between bouts of activity, but as adult humans in western society, the tendency is to keep stimulating ourselves to push through a sense of tiredness.
Over time we forget how to truly relax, and our physical, mental and emotional systems pay the price of continually being switched ‘on’. Even sleep can suffer.
In a restorative yoga class, you are set up in physically very supportive poses that encourage the body to deeply relax. It is more about opening the body, rather than stretching it. Poses are held for longer periods of time, the message to the body and whole system being that there is no rush.
As a session progresses, profound spaciousness and stillness of being develop, brainwaves slowing, the nervous system calming, blood pressure lowering.
Here the body heals, the mind refreshes, the heart eases. This time is a gift to yourself – the resulting renewed energy you will feel is the gift you take back out into your world.