Relax & Restore Yoga Class
IN STUDIO in West Norwood / West Dulwich, South London
Our slow and meditative Relax and Restore classes creatively fuses yin. restorative and nidra practices, offering a space to slow down, unwind and access inner peace. The focus here is on quieting the mind and gently stretching, restoring and relaxing the physical body. In Eastern traditions, Yin is a compliment to Yang and yin yoga specifically can greatly compliment more dynamic yoga practices, cultivating a sense of letting go. Time, as duration, is an important aspect of yin practices, allowing the body to mould into shapes, release to gravity, and be carried through by the slowing breath.
By switching on the parasympathetic nervous system, these calming practices help reverse the effects of stress and cultivate a sense of equanimity and relaxation. The practices can add new qualities to a more dynamic yoga practice, nourishing where there may be depletion. Softening, letting go, backing off, allowing the breath to still the mind are all gifts of this slower paced class. Props are used extensively and all levels and ages are welcome.
Each class includes a Yoga Nidra guided meditation. Nidra is considered by some to be the meditative heart of yoga and it has incredible benefits, including improving our memory, sleep, and creativity.. Through Nidra, we enter a luminal space between waking and dreaming – a place of deep restorative rest.
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Props are used extensively for this class. For IN STUDIO classes, we will props but recommend you bring your own yoga mat and warmer clothes. If you are livestreaming the class from home, we recommend that you have a props or improvised props to hand.