Restorative Yoga Pop-up Classes
Sara runs these classes as ‘pop-ups’ throughout the year.
Next Restorative Class:
|Date:||Thursday 18th April|
|Venue:||Devon Park House Holistic Centre, Salthill.|
Please get in touch early to guarantee a spot.
What to Expect in a Restorative Yoga Class with Sara:
Some guided breath work affects the autonomic nervous system which controls heart rate & blood pressure, and also calms and rejuvenates. The focus on breath calms the mind, with an emphasis on the exhalation.
Long holdings and moving slowly through a small set of poses allows the heart rate to slow down and facilitates gentle shifts in the body and in the bands of connective tissue. Supported poses like forward bends are included to bring balance and calm to the body and mind. The supported and gentle back openers encourage a sense of surrender. Supported inversions have a special quieting effect on the nervous system while also replenishing energy.
The final guided relaxation at the end ensures that the body is allowed to fully drop into deep rest.
Restorative Yoga has been an important part of my professional and personal life for many years. I first became aware of it while studying Iyengar Yoga with the Chanchanis at Yogaganga Centre in Dehradun, India in 2007. The Chanchanis conduct special therapeutic classes for those with a variety of ailments. Many students are referred to these classes by their physicians. I also studied with Dr Abhay S Keste in 2008 (both a physician and Iyengar yoga teacher), at Shrikant Yoga Centre, Belgaum, India where he used yoga as a therapy to treat aged, disabled and sick people using different supports like bolsters, chairs, benches, blankets, belts, ‘horses’, ropes etc. Students at both centres were given a personalised set of yoga poses (many of them passive) and supported by props that were held for long periods of time. This helped me appreciate and more fully understand how the use of props in yoga poses can really aid in healing all kinds of ailments, especially chronic stress.
I became interested in the therapeutic applications of Yoga Nidra and studied the Total Yoga Nidra foundation course with Uma Dinsmore Tuli in 2016. I learned how to apply yoga nidra as a thearaputic tool and for different purposes: from helping a person to feel refreshed or feel more rested to boosting creativity or addressing specific challenges in one’s personal life.
I studied the Yin Yoga foundations module in June 2018 with Josh Summers. Though Yin Yoga and restorative yoga are similar in that poses are held for long periods, they have fundamentally different purposes. Restorative poses are typically much more supported using props. In Yin Yoga floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body and emphasises stillness and silence.
I have personally used restorative, yin and yoga nidra to nourish and self-heal. They have supported me through both my pregnancies and also post-natally. I practice yin to help heal lower back pain, and practise restorative to manage stress and hormonal changes. I whole-heartedly believe that when practised regularly, these practices are very powerful to help deeply relax and renew the body.I have personally used restorative, yin and yoga nidra to nourish and self-heal. They have supported me through both my pregnancies and also post-natally. I practice yin to help heal lower back pain, and practise restorative to manage stress and hormonal changes. I whole-heartedly believe that when practised regularly, these practices are very powerful to help deeply relax and renew the body.