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Slice Studios: Active Relaxation Through Restorative Yoga

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Following my introduction to the super-chilled out style of Yin Yoga, I didn’t think that yoga could be any more relaxing – that that was until I went to a Restorative Yoga Workshop at Slice Studios in Parsons Green with Jennifer Hepton.

Jennifer guided the class through restorative yoga techniques, which concentrated on soothing and rejuvenating the body & mind, allowing everyone to release layers of tension. Restorative yoga uses props (blankets, bolsters, blocks) to fully support and hold the body in positions that are enjoyed for up to 20 minutes (this is 20 minutes of complete bliss!), with focus being placed on breathing, mindfulness and a deep guided relaxation.

Restorative yoga is the active practice of relaxation and each pose helps to nourish & heal the body. Jennifer explained that in the modern world, we live in a constant state of ‘stress’ as life demands more from us, therefore, it is important to allow the body to actively relax, so that we balance our nervous system and cope with the world around us.

The many benefits of restorative yoga include:

  • Relief from chronic stress and fatigue
  • Reduction of the effects of stress-based diseases
  • Balances hormones and nervous system
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Calms the mind
  • Alleviates depression
  • Improves sleep and can help overcome insomnia

The workshop lasted for a solid two-hours and felt like a mini-retreat – I actually fell asleep a couple of times (it was hard not to whilst lying under a blanket, feeling very tranquil!).  The workshop is perfect if you’re feeling exhausted, stressed out with urban life, struggling to sleep or if you simply need an escape. I left feeling truly peaceful and recharged, I could easily have stayed another two-hours, but in the words of cartoonist Bill Watterson: “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want!”

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