Restorative Yoga Therapy
Restorative yoga therapy is a unique offering with the understanding that we are all perfect, complete and whole as we are – in mind, body and spirit. This therapeutic practice gently meets us where we are at, supporting our reconnection to this knowledge, which we might have forgotten in states of stress or trauma.
Unfolding into deep levels of relaxation, restorative yoga reconnects us to an inner peace within… shifting us out of the stress state towards engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, our body’s natural healing response.
Therapeutic breathing, postures and props are used to create a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. Imbalances felt as stress, pain, illnesses and other unease melt away as the practice helps us shift into a state of healing, relaxation and flow, slowing down the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, increasing our immunity to infection and releasing tensions. Studies have shown that Restorative Yoga is highly effective when used in recovery from chronic stress, illness and injury.
Restorative Yoga benefits:
- lower stress hormones
- stimulate the body’s natural healing response
- lower blood pressure
- help relieve chronic pain
- increase productivity and clarity
- help alleviate sleep disorders
- lower anxiety and irritability
- enhance flexibility
- balance the nervous system
- improve digestion
- improve mindfulness
- improve breath patterns
In Restorative Yoga we enter into a state of flow… and within that Flow is Love and Happiness… – Zoe
Conditions improved by Restorative Yoga:
- Arthritis and Rheumatic Disorders
- Asthma or Bronchitis
- Back pain
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Menstrual Problems
The Restorative Yoga offering is a sublime integration of yoga, breath and meditation, suitable for anyone looking to enter more easily into a state of flow and joy, facilitating holistic healing. I look forward to bringing the benefits of this practice to you.
The word heal comes from the Old English haelan and means not simply to “cure” but “to make whole”… The use of energy and the mind together to heal while novel in the West, has of course been central to Eastern Medicine. It is remarkable the extent to which… neuroplasticians are deepening their understanding… by linking insights from Western neuroscience to Eastern health practices, including TCM, ancient Buddhist meditation…and yoga.
Brains evolved many millions of years after bodies did, to support bodies… the body abounds with neurons, the gut alone having 100 million. Neuroplasticians have learnt to use these avenues from the body to the brain to facilitate healing. While a person with a stoke might not be able to use his foot… moving the foot can at time awaken dormant circuits in the injured brain. The body and mind become partners in the healing of the brain, and because these approaches are so non-invasive, side effects are exceedingly rare. – Norman Doidge, M.D. (The Brain’s Way of Healing, Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.)
Contact Zoe to discuss how Restorative Yoga Therapy might benefit you!
Sessions are tailored to your needs after an initial discussion and assessment, and can be offered at your home or at my session space.
I look forward to being part of your restorative yoga journey <3