Restorative Yoga is a gentle and slower form of yoga that promotes deep relaxation, whilst holding the poses for longer periods of time, with the help of props.
The practice is intended to combat the physical and mental effects of everyday stress and helps ailments like headaches, backaches, anxiety, and insomnia through restful postures, pranayama (breath work) and sometimes guided meditation.
Classes are typically slow-paced with dimmed lights and the use of blocks, bolsters, eye masks, blankets, and more. This allows the body to let go. Common benefits include increased flexibility, deep relaxation of the body and mind, increased healing, enhanced mood, and more.
Restorative Yoga is derived from the Iyengar yoga tradition. Sometimes pain or injury may occur if you strain too hard in a pose. Restorative yoga adapts key poses using props and modifications, allowing the student to stay in the pose without pain or strain.
These poses promote deep relaxation, lessen stress in the body and help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (our relaxation response) and can help people recovering from injuries or illnesses.
Our Restorative Yoga classes are effective for helping to reduce stress & anxiety, recovery from illness or injury, and taking you on a blissful journey to a state of deep relaxation & inner calm – physically, emotionally and mentally.
The Benefits of Restorative Yoga - The Science Bit!
Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is a Mindfulness practice that is especially helpful in reducing stress and tiredness that results from the pressures of everyday life.
Restorative yoga helps to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) or the body’s ‘Relaxation Response’. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its Stress response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the Relaxation Response helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.
Restorative Yoga poses leave us nourished, soothed, deeply relaxed and well rested. It can also help with recovery from illness and injury and help manage depression and anxiety. Some of the reported benefits are listed alongside...
This course is ideal for complete beginners, as full instruction is provided, but those of you who wish to deepen your yoga practice, to try a less dynamic, more Mindful and gentle style of practice and expand your repertoire of relaxation techniques will also benefit. All age groups welcome.
General Information about Classes
Early booking is recommended for all classes as there is a maximum number of participants per class, ensuring maximum participation and personal attention.
Classes are 1 hour 15 minutes in duration, unless otherwise stated. Yoga mats are available for rental at €1 per session if needed. All other props will be provided at the class (blankets, bolsters, straps, cushions, blocks etc).