EASY Restorative All Level Class (Open level-Beginner suitable)
What a wonderful thing it is to feel completely relaxed. That’s what restorative yoga can deliver. Complete relaxation. And with that comes a feeling of quiet pleasure: the satisfaction of being alive and connected with the rest of humanity. Everyone has to be taught how to relax. It’s a skill to unwind.
I’ve found that restorative yoga has so much to offer, as have many of Flametree’s current students. This is the reason why we offer restorative yoga at both the Beginner and non Beginner Level and why we also incorporate it into our general level classes and specific focus classes , like Women Only, Anxiety Focus, and Maximum Calm.
The human body is an amazing piece of finely tuned “machinery”. It is designed to allow us to survive threats and then return to a state of balance. All sorts of health problems arise due to the fact that so many of us are living a life where we are “wired” 24/7. The fight or flight part of the nervous system is continually turned on and we never switch it off. Every system in our body is under threat of burnout/ of exhaustion. Humans were never designed by evolution to operate like this.
Our immune system works to fight off foreign invaders. It can function optimally when all the other systems are not overwhelmed and exhausted. Our digestive system can send the correct signals to the rest of the body and deliver mental and emotional wellbeing when we take the time to turn on the relaxation part of the autonomic nervous system. This part of the nervous system is known as the parasympathetic nervous system. The vagus nerve is the major nerve in this system and it wanders from the throat to the gut.
When we fail to take the time to learn how to relax, every part of us suffers . Not only does our gut feel distressed and tied up in knots and full of acid, but we become short tempered , chronically anxious, overwhelmed, and depressed. Our breathing is affected, the lung’s capacity to deliver energy becomes compromised, and a good sound night’s sleep becomes a thing of the past.
A restorative yoga class lets you unwind. You learn how to open your chest region so you can breathe well. You learn how to lengthen your exhalation and de-stress you gut area. You learn to watch yourself and appreciate that it is possible to be proactive so that when feeling anxious and overwhelmed you can practice breathing techniques to calm down and do a few specially targeted poses to soothe your nervous system.
The most common sound that I hear in a Restorative class is a long quiet sigh. It’s never that loud, but it is there. And the most common reflection after a class goes along these lines: “That’s feels so much better! I really needed that! I feel refreshed, energised and ready to go out and tackle my life with newfound energy!”
This class is open to all students including beginners.