This week in class we will be focusing on restorative yoga, a deeply serene and quiet practice which restores health and strength and gives a sense of harmony and stability to the mind and body. Poses are held for longer and are often supported by blocks, blankets, bolsters assisting the movement, alignment and extension of the body. The practitioner is able to fully let go in a relaxed manner (effortless effort) leading to a state where deep benefits can be received. The asanas are often arranged with the head the same level as the heart or the head below the heart which invites a quiet and calm state into the body and mind.
During a restorative practice, as the student becomes more experienced, they learn to quietly withdraw the sense organs and observe the subtleties in the body and mind. In an Iyengar session a restorative practice can sometimes lead onto pranayama (breath work or observation of the breath) as the body and mind have been prepared for a deeper state. According to BKS Iyengar this practice “creates space inside the body and flushes out the impediments and clears the energy blocks and nervous system”. The beauty of a restorative practice is that is open to all.
The benefits of restorative yoga:
• Helps to assist the healing of the body after illness by improving recovery time
• Helps those with postural problems, or physical disabilities by correcting misalignments
• Improves vitality by removing fatigue
• Restores strength
• Helps with pain management
• Improves sleep quality
• Calms the nervous system
• Gives a sense of relaxation, peace and well-being
• Connects the mind, body and spirit and helps to develop self-awareness
BKS Iyengar in a restorative pose. Notice the weights on his legs grounding him!
To all of my Cricket Club students, the Wednesday morning 9.15am class is changing venues to the central town location of:
The United Reform Church Hall, Water Lane, B/S CM23 2JZ.
Time: 9.15am - 10.45
The entrance is between Mullocks Wells and the wall separating the Waitrose car park (not in the actual church, which is on the opposite side of the road). Parking is available in the Bridge St Car park, by Waitrose, or park in Jackson Square and reclaim your money in Sainsburys after - then the parking is free!
Please do get in touch to confirm your attendance whether as a 'drop-in' or 'block-booked' student if you haven't done so already. Look forward to seeing you all on the mat this Wednesday.
Hello & welcome
I am Adrienne Bagnall - teacher in the discipline of Iyengar yoga - the most widely practised form of yoga in the world. Hope you enjoy my website and blog.