A Relaxing Way to Re-energise, De-stress & Find Balance
Restorative Yoga is a hugely popular style of gentle yoga that it is suitable for everyone, including those who are seeking a relaxing healing and bliss out session, those who are new to yoga and would like to be gently introduced to postures and breath, and those recovering from illness or injury.
The Restorative Yoga class includes postures that gently increase our body, mind and spiritual health, through a range of loosening, limbering, strengthening, and quietening postures based on the classical yoga asanas. Many postures are deeply supported with props, allowing you to hold the poses for longer – it’s a relaxing style of practice that leaves you feeling open and refreshed. Each class includes some mindful breath work and a Yoga Nidra relaxation at the end of the practice.
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The Benefits of Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is a Mindfulness practice that is especially helpful in reducing stress and tiredness that results from the pressures of everyday life.
Restorative yoga helps to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) or the body’s ‘Relaxation Response’. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its Stress response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the Relaxation Response helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.
Restorative Yoga poses leave us nourished, soothed, deeply relaxed and well rested. It can also help with recovery from illness and injury and help manage depression and anxiety. Some of the reported benefits include:
* Better posture * Better sleep * Better digestion * Increased flexibility * Increased strength * Increased energy * Stress relief * Weight loss * Muscle tone * Mental sharpness * Improved balance * Improved metabolism * Improved mood * Improved blood circulation * Encourages overall health and wellness * Massages internal organs * Emotional Wellbeing * Calms the mind
* Encourages Mindfulness
About our Restorative Yoga Classes
Restorative Yoga is a gentle and slower form of yoga that promotes deep relaxation, whilst holding the poses for longer periods of time, with the help of props. Restorative Yoga is derived from the Iyengar yoga tradition. Sometimes pain or injury may occur if you strain too hard in a pose. Restorative yoga adapts key poses using props and modifications, allowing the student to stay in the pose without pain or strain.
These poses promote deep relaxation, lessen stress in the body and help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (our relaxation response) and can help people recovering from injuries or illnesses.
The practice is intended to combat the physical and mental effects of everyday stress and helps ailments like headaches, backaches, anxiety, and insomnia through restful postures, pranayama (breath work) and sometimes guided meditation.
Classes are typically slow-paced with dimmed lights and the use of blocks, bolsters, eye masks, blankets, and more. This allows the body to let go. Common benefits include increased flexibility, deep relaxation of the body and mind, increased healing, enhanced mood, and more.
These Restorative Yoga classes are effective for helping to reduce stress & anxiety, recovery from illness or injury, and taking you on a blissful journey to a state of deep relaxation & inner calm – physically, emotionally and mentally.
- The primary focus of these classes is to facilitate healing through relaxation – allowing the body and mind to release tension and let go. Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures, providing an opportunity for the body to renew and heal
- Classes include Restorative yoga postures that gently increase our body, mind and spiritual health, through a range of loosening, limbering, strengthening, and
quietening postures based on the classical yoga asanas
- Many postures are deeply supported with props, allowing you to hold the poses for longer – it’s a relaxing style of practice that leaves you feeling open and refreshed.
- Some gentle breath meditation and a Yoga Nidra Meditation at the end of the class are also included
This course is ideal for complete beginners, as full instruction is provided, but those of you who wish to deepen your yoga practice, to try a less dynamic, more Mindful and gentle style of practice and expand your repertoire of relaxation techniques will also benefit. All age groups welcome.
General Information about Classes
Classes are 1 hour 15 minutes in duration, unless otherwise stated. Please bring along your own Yoga mats and blankets. Yoga mats are available for rental at €2 per session if needed. All other props will be provided at the class (blankets, bolsters, straps, cushions, blocks etc).
Classes are led by Yvonne Lucas. Yvonne is an accredited Psychotherapist & Play Therapist, in addition to teaching Meditation, Mindfuness & Relaxation, and Yoga to individual clients and groups. Yvonne has accredited training in the Stress Response & Relaxation Management and the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, in addition to teaching diplomas in Yoga Meditation, Restorative Yoga & Yinn Yoga. In 2016 Yvonne completed her thesis on the therapeutic benefits of Mindfulness for emotional well being and stress reduction as part of an Msc in Psychology postgraduate training.
Classes are based in Greystones Yoga Studios, Church Rd., Greystones Co. Wicklow, easy accessible from Wicklow and Dublin.
Terms & Conditions:
Both the booking fee and class payment are non refundable but may be transferred to another person or another class booking, within 3 months of the original course date, by agreement, up to 48 hours prior to commencement of the course. As your space is reserved for you, the full amount of the course is payable regardless of the number of classes attended. If for any reason the full course needs to be cancelled or rescheduled a refund will be offered. In the event that an individual class is canceled an alternative date/class will be provided.
In booking any class/course/workshop you agree not to hold Yvonne Lucas, Greystones Yoga Studio, or any other representative of the above responsible for any loss or damage to personal property whilst undertaking classes, or responsible for any personal injury acquired on the premises or during the course of classes. You agree to take responsibility for your suitability to join the course (e.g you should get approval from your GP in the case of any pre-existing injuries or medical conditions which may contraindicate floor exercise, gently movement & stretching exercise, restorative yoga exercise, breath awareness exercise or meditation/visualisation practice).
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