As my life has progressed, I have realised the benefits of yoga more and more. It has helped me to connect with my mind and body as one, but more importantly, it’s taught me kindness and compassion, acceptance and calm.
Through a desire to share this with others, I completed a restorative yoga teacher training course and am in the process of further yoga training. I envisage yoga and meditation as part of my future and look forward to sharing the experience with others.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the support of blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps. Comfortable yoga poses are held long enough to invoke deep relaxation, which is healing to the nervous system, brain, mind and organ systems of the body.
Benefits include lowered blood pressure, improved immune function, digestion and fertility. In addition, restorative yoga is a powerful tool to reduce muscle tension and general fatigue, helping the body and mind restore vital energy levels. Regular practice makes the body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and helps to achieve optimal health.
Restorative yoga can also aid recovery from illness, injury or emotional depression and anxiety caused by traumatic events. Sessions stimulate the ‘parasympathetic nervous system’, otherwise known as the ‘rest and digest system’ (opposite to the ‘flight or fight system’). This in turn, encourages physical and emotional calm, helping to increase emotional resilience and positive thinking.
When and where are sessions provided?
Small group sessions are available at The Haven, 70a High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1AH, as follows:
First and Third Monday of every month
- Morning class: 10.45am – 11.45am
- Evening class: 19.15pm – 20.15pm
The first session is offered free of charge. Subsequent classes are £10 per session.
Group sessions are kept to a maximum of 8 people to ensure optimal benefit for all participants, therefore, sessions MUST be pre-booked via email, telephone or Facebook messenger to avoid overbooking / disappointment. Session dates in 2018 are as follows:
- June: Monday 4th and 18th
- July: Monday 2nd and 16th
- August: Monday 6th and 20th
- September: Monday 3rd and 17th
- October: Monday 1st and 15th
- November: Monday 5th and 19th
- December: Monday 3rd and 17th
I also offer personalised 1-1 sessions and 2-1 sessions, usually in tailored four week courses, all provided from a private yoga room in Stony Stratford. Prices for personal sessions are £35/hour for 1-1 sessions and £20/hour each for 2-1 sessions. Session times and days are agreed in advance, according to availability.