In the final part of the summer series which can also stand alone as a workshop, we explore the breath as the keystone of presence and as the bridge to inner peace.
Breath work is at least as important as posture in a Hatha yoga practice. However, in order to harness the breath we have to first hone body awareness so inevitably, little weight is given to breath work in shorter classes of one hour or less. After some gentle movement to ground the awareness in the body we will explore the body's relationship to gravity - becoming familiar with gravity helps you to move through space with more confidence and ease. Then we will focus on the transformational power of the breath with breath awareness and pranayama (guided breath) techniques. A complete yoga practice including breath work and meditation will bring you into a state of heightened awareness accompanied by deep relaxation and a core sense of well being. This is integration of body, mind and spirit - this is yoga.
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.