This is an incredibly relaxing type of yoga where all the postures are done passively, fully supported by blankets and bolsters. No effort at all is required, in fact the postures are designed expressly to put the body into positions where deep relaxation is inevitable – of both body and mind.

Restorative yoga provides an opportunity to renew, heal and allow the body to rediscover its equilibrium. It balances the nervous system and allows the adrenal glands to rest.

It is perfect if you are suffering from insomnia, tiredness, high blood pressure, stress, if you have any injuries that prevent you undertaking a normal yoga class, are recovering from surgery, or if you just want to treat yourself to an hour of deep relaxation.

More information on its benefits can be found at the website of my teacher, the incredible Judith Lasater, at www.judithlasater.com then by clicking on the restorative yoga tab.

Classes can be arranged for one or two people.

Here are some quotes from Judith Lasater’s book “Relax and Renew” describing some of the effects of a restorative yoga session:

“As the props relieve your muscles and bones of their roles of support and action, your nervous system sends and receives fewer messages and becomes quieter. Layers of tension melt away as you learn to be present to what is happening in the body and mind in each moment.”

“Restorative poses cultivate the habit of attention. You learn to identify how and where you hold tension and consciously release it. You discover a clear space from which to make life choices. Through restorative poses you come into harmony with your body’s natural rhythms. Living by these rhythms is the key to good health.”

“Modern-day scientists are discovering what yogis have known for thousands of years; yoga movements and breathing techniques increase lung capacity and efficiency, often better than vigorous exercise. Yoga techniques can change the dimensions of the rib cage, thus allowing more air into the lungs. Apparently these movements help to prevent the decrease in flexibility of the rib cage that occurs with age. Yoga techniques also strengthen the diaphragm muscle. This enables one to exhale more completely, allowing for a deeper inhalation to follow. Positively influencing lung capacity not only improves daily life and athletic performance, but also helps to prevent lung disease due to a decrease in chest mobility. When chest mobility is high, the incidence of respiratory illness is reduced.”

For more information, and to book, email info@catonamatyoga.com