The Candy of Yoga
I often refer to Restorative Yoga as the candy of Yoga because of its soothing nature. It’s the antidote to our day-to-day grind and the more vigorous styles of yoga.
Restorative Yoga is a slower paced practice where you will hold poses for longer periods of time fully propped with a variety of different shaped and sized bolsters, eye pillows, blankets, blocks and straps. The idea is to create different shapes in the body with the support of the props which doesn’t require any muscle energy allowing your body to find deep rest and relaxation.
One of the many benefits of restorative yoga include calming the parasympathetic nervous system which helps to mitigate the effects of our regular state of fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to our well-being. The overall effect of calming the parasympathetic nervous system provides comfort for your mind and body down to the cellular level. There’s a subtle quality to this style of practice that helps us cultivate self-awareness and introspection. When you hold a restorative pose for 15-20 minutes it helps us release tension in the body as our bodies have no choice but to give up resistance. When we loosen our grip we become more open. This opening allows for expansion, self-exploration and contemplation.
Restorative Yoga can be used as a tool that facilitates the integration of environmental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual life. Through this practice we awaken grace, flexibility, strength, balance and being awake to the present moment. This combination provides a safe haven where we can connect with our true nature which is pure free forever.
Get a glimpse into the healing powers of restorative yoga with the added touch of hands-on massage in our new Restorative Touch event class.
I will guide you through 2 hours of restorative yoga while offering hands-on massage with the assistance of Mona Warner and Registered Massage Therapist, Greg Moss on Sunday March 31st, 1:00-3:00 pm for $60 (HST included). This will be an intimate class with room for 15 students to ensure you receive all of our attention.
Register online at janatiyoga.com to reserve your spot.