In the second of three online restorative workshops, we take a somatic approach to being in stillness and in movement. We will explore the inner space through gentle movement and awareness practices, creating a map of the inner physical world. We will also look at the body as a continuum of matter not separate from earth or air. We explore ways to inform movement and stillness by experiencing the physical in a truly mindful way. Knowing the inner and outer spaces experientially gives us the gift of being fully alive and conscious in an embodied way. We will be doing gentle postures - some slow flow and some long held restorative poses and breath work. Our session will end with a long relaxation and yoga nidra - the systemised and deeply relaxing path to yogic sleep.
Somatic means to experience one's being or “soma” as one body-mind and aims to integrate all aspects of being into one experience of consciousness. E.g. there is “mind” in every cell of the body, so we experience the body's own wisdom as one with the thinking, egoic mind.
Restorative yoga is a slow, meditative style of physical movement, which helps to release stress and bring about ease in body and mind. The gentle, supported postures are held for up to 10 minutes with a focus on comfort and the subtle release of muscular knots and tight spots. All of the props are provided, and we will be using bolsters, blankets, blocks and belts to ensure that the body is supported enough to completely relax and let go. The stress of daily life accumulates in the body in the form of holding patterns and chronic tension. When you encourage the body to release its held tension, stress begins to dissolve from the mind.