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Rest & Renew: Yoga and the Art of Deep Relaxation

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“We have an ancient body subjected to a modern problem: Living with chronic stress … The antidote to stress is relaxation. To relax is to rest deeply. This rest is different from sleep. Different states of sleep include periods of dreaming, which increase muscular tension as well as other physiological signs of muscular tension. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort and the brain is quiet”

~ Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D, P.T. yoga teacher and author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

 

Restorative yoga is an essential component of balance in a world increasingly out of balance. Modern living overemphasizes activity and rest is distinctly under-valued. Generally, we swing from over stimulation to collapse and don’t find a place of sustainable rest and relaxation in between. However, without sufficient qualitative rest, our whole system—body mind heart—becomes chronically stressed and this seriously diminishes our natural capacity for well-being.

Restorative yoga is a powerful antidote to stress. It’s not simply a slowed down version of a typical yoga flow class. It’s not just lying around on bolsters and pillows, a passive practice for people who can’t do “real yoga.”  Restorative yoga has a fundamentally different premise; that deep relaxation comes from a deliberate and conscious withdrawal from outer activity in order to allow the body's confused and depleted energies to naturally rebalance and so rebound from the effects of chronic stress. It’s not so much a passive process as a practice of receptivity to the potent healing force innate in our system.

But I don't think I suffer from "Chronic Stress"

Whether you are aware of it or not, you are most likely affected to some degree by stress—it’s not just a term to be reserved for those whose particular job seems obviously stressful. Chronic stress is an epidemic in our hyper-linked fast-paced modern world. We are now, all of us from teenagers to seniors, swimming in a cultural soup of “more, bigger, better, faster Faster FASTER” that is garnished with a hefty dollop of criminal, political, and environmental “danger Danger DANGER.” We are constantly on alert--essentially, this sense of hyper alertness is stress. (click here to learn more about what stress is, how it works and what its effects are)

Many of us are so chronically stressed, so habituated to its effects, we think that exhaustion, headaches, anxiety, and various other impingements on health and happiness are just part and parcel of a busy life with work, kids, relationships etc. This is simply not true. It is possible to reduce the stress we feel in our lives, and the extent to which you feel you have not got time to relax, is the extent to which you are in need of rest, release and deep relaxation.

How does restorative yoga work?

Mindful restorative yoga taps into the body’s natural ability to restore balance. Restorative yoga’s process of deliberate relaxation works by using various props and supports to arrange the body in various poses that alternately stimulate and then relax the body to restore balance. Some poses have overall physiological benefits, while others target specific areas such as the heart, lungs, and other internal organs. Because the poses are entirely supported, the practitioner does not need to engage muscularly and so not only can remain in these beneficial postures longer, but also can move attention from the muscular skeletal level, to the level of breath awareness, and working consciously with the breath is a deeply potent way into accessing the bodies relaxation response.

Come Rest and Renew by practicing Yoga and the Art of Deep Relaxation, where we will learn more about what stress is, how it works on a mind/body level, how its prevalence effects everyone and therefore how its reduction can benefit everyone.

This workshop is suitable for all levels. All props are provided. Simply bring yourself and your stress and we'll get to work on the powerfully healing practice of doing almost nothing. 

PRICE: 30euros for a single workshop / 50euros for a package of any two workshops from our Spring-Summer selection/ 70 euros for a package of any three workshops from our Spring-Summer selection.