Restorative Yoga with Reiki

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative or Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) is yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.

 

A Restorative yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body - the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, and lower spine.  These areas are especially rich in connective tissues.  The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga

  • Calms and balances the mind and body

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • Increases circulation

  • Improves flexibility

  • Releases fascia and improves joint mobility

  • Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana 

Who is Restorative Yoga for?

We live in a world where we are bombarded with stimuli, stimuli that is available 24/7. It’s so easy to end up not switching off at all - to end up with a mind that is constantly busy processing all the information that’s thrown at it. Whether the information is good, valuable or rubbish, it doesn’t matter, the mind still needs to deal with it. The mind gets used to that amount of information and starts to crave stimuli if it becomes quiet. So we end up browsing, looking for stuff; it doesn’t matter what, as long as we fill the gaps. Gaps we really should allow to stay empty to find some sort of downtime - for the mind to stop and for you to just be.  Restorative yoga is for you if you are tired and craving energy or you’re over-stimulated and have too much energy; if your mind is overactive or your energy levels erratic.

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