Restorative Yoga Benefits

New Student? Beginners Foundation

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Melt your tension away…

Join us for a great practice in the evening to get your body and mind to slow down becoming light and rested. This is a slower and quite practice to balance all the active “yang” nature of our lives.

It involves the use of props to allow the body to feel totally supported to relax and release into long holds of these gentle postures. Muscles are “tuned off” and the body will come to a complete state of tranquility and quietness.

New to Class:

  • refrain from eating for 1 hour before class
  • dress in comfortable clothing, dress in layers
  • do come early to speak with the teacher about your specific needs if it’s your first time
  • be prepared to fill out a waiver & history form
  • inform the teacher of your limitations & injuries
  • be ready to take responsibility for yourself and work within your own limits
  • be prepared to lower down & rise up from the floor
  • the focus is to rest on the yoga mat in various poses
  • remember to listen to your body
  • remember to adjust during the class as you need to, as part of the self care process
  • remember to ask for help & assistance

 

If you have questions do not hesitate to contact us,

Warmly,

Everyone at Restorative Yoga Vancouver

 

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Effects of stress and restorative yoga

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Stress is a natural response in your body that reacts when something is perceived as life threatening. Your adrenals can respond by secreting hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine.

An access of these hormones signal the body to  shut down systems that are not a priority in the immediacy of the moment, including digestion, elimination, growth , repair and reproduction…

The antidote to stress is relaxation.  To relax deeply is different than sleep. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort and the brain is quiet.

Until we meet take care and rest deeply.

Warmly,

Everyone at Restorative Yoga Vancouver

 

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New to our class?

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Currently, we are holding our classes at the Path Yoga Center.  All props are supplied, so there is no need to bring your own mat. There will be blocks, bolsters and blankets for you to use. You will need to sign a waiver if it is your first time joining us. Please inform your teacher if you have any injuries or health concerns.

We recommend wearing very comfortable clothing such as loose fitting pants, a t-shirt and possibly a light sweater if you are more prone to getting cold. Class sizes in restorative yoga are generally smaller, around 4-12 people. The class will be 90 minutes in time.

We will guide you through a series of 5 – 7 poses, and you will be completely supported by the props provided. All poses will be demonstrated and there will always be two teachers on the floor to assist and provide modifications.

Unlike a Hatha or Yin Yoga, the focus of restorative is not on stretching and strengthening the muscles, or stressing the connective tissues. You will not go outside your normal physical comfort zone in restorative yoga.

One of the benefits of this yoga is that it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you achieve emotional, physical and mental relaxation. After class, be gentle with yourself as you go back into the outside world.

 

5 Key Points – Learning How to Practice

 

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