Restorative Yoga To The Rescue

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Many of us have noticed an increased level of stress in our lives whether it be personal or environmental.  As the holidays approach this stress is coupled by a busy schedule and family obligations.  Restorative yoga is the perfect antidote to a busy lifestyle and through quiet, fully supported poses, the nervous system moves into the relaxation response creating a healing and nurturing effect on our whole being. 

 

 

A restorative yoga practice is gentle, supportive, nourishing and feminine in nature.

 

 

We receive the greatest benefits from our practice not through forcing our body into a pose, but by releasing and breathing into it. Surrendering into a supported posture helps to cultivate acceptance of your body and trust in its innate ability to heal, without you needing to do anything. Further, it strengthens your ability to let go of preconceived notions of your body and how you think it should look or feel, both in and out of a pose. 

 

I personally used restorative yoga to reduce severe pain during a difficult period in my life when my long term relationship came to an end. Unable to process the overwhelming emotions I was experiencing at the time, my body began to suffer the results of the accumulated stress: muscle tension, hip and back pain, fatigue, digestive issues, hormonal imbalance.  

 

Restorative yoga is designed to nurture the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” nervous system though long holds, darkness and self-connection and became my saving grace as my body and heart cried out for help.  

 

Through restorative yoga and The Clearing Course, my nervous system rebalanced, the chronic stress was reduced, my pain eased, and my ability to self-connect and self-nurture deepened which inspired trust and a new ability to surrender to a situation beyond my control. 

 

 

 

Restorative Yoga benefits:

 

• Deeply relaxes the body

• Stills the mind

• Improves capacity for physical healing of injuries

• Balances the nervous system by nourishing the parasympathetic “rest and digest”

• Boosts the immune system

• Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self

• Enhances mood states

• Slows down and recalibrate the pace of life

• Offers a safe space for private introspection and inquiry

 

I teach restorative yoga on all retreats and 1:1 coaching  to help clients become more present in their bodies, sustain a healthy nervous system and develop compassionate understanding and kindness for themselves and others.

 

Want to learn a simple restorative yoga pose?

 

Watch this video for one of my favourites.

 

My favourite Restorative Yoga Book is:  Relax And Renew by Judith Hanson Lasater 

 

 

 

Byron Womens Retreat Byron Bay

 

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