S T R E S S and chronic TENSION can lead to a physiological response you may know by another name – fight or flight (also fight, flight freeze). This serves us well when we need to focus, conserve energy, and react in a way that protects and preserves our safety. Often a grizzly bear analogy may appear here.
For our ancestors this was a more appropriate response relative to the danger; however, as we’ve evolved, fight or flight doesn’t discriminate between an immediate threat to life and the stressors of modern day (relational, economic, environmental) resulting in the chronic strain on you and your nervous system.
Read more about the nervous system.
Restorative Yoga is an approach to practice that promotes and honors the inherent nature within each of us to rest, restore, and reset ourselves. Restorative Yoga may be practiced in a group or private setting.
Restorative Yoga provides you the opportunity to relieve deep fatigue physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It includes comfortable and well supported asanas (Yoga postures) leading you to rejuvenating rest, deep stillness, and relaxation. The intention is to experience deep quiet and stillness supporting the body in releasing tension, stress, and lingering efforts. You might think easier said than done; however, that is where the support is key.
Read an excerpt from Judith Hansen Lasater ‘s book Relax and Renew.
During a session, with my assistance and suggestions, you position your body with the support of props (blankets, bolsters/cushions, sandbags, chairs) in variations of asanas (yoga postures) all based on your physical and energetic needs. During a session you may experience 3 – 4 postures anywhere from 2-3 minutes or up to 20 minutes.
A Restorative Yoga session can be a gentle way to get acquainted with yoga, relieve chronic pain and/or tension, as well as to help you navigate a challenging time with ease. And learn how to bring yoga home.