Our Restorative yoga classes in Verwood provide a strong emphasis on rest and deep relaxation. In this class the body is supported with props (bolsters, blocks, blankets, under floor heating and eye pillows) to find the most nurturing variations of postures. When practised regularly, restorative yoga can help in the relief of fatigue and chronic stress.
This style of yoga will revive and restore your body, bringing a deeper awareness to your mind and body experience.
The antidote to stress is relaxation. To relax is to rest deeply. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. In this class the body will be put into nurturing yoga postures, with the aid of props, in which to support the body.
Restorative poses are poses of being rather than doing. Each restorative sequence is designed to move the spine in all directions. These movements illustrate the age-old wisdom of yoga that a healthy spine enhances well-being.
A restorative sequence will include back-bends, forward bends, twists and inversions. This can be as simple as putting your legs on a bolster but the effects can be quite dramatic. By changing the relationship of the legs to gravity, fluids that accumulate in the lower extremities due to sitting and standing all day are returned to the upper body, and heart function is enhanced.
Small group Gong Baths take place in our Verwood studio once per month celebrating the New Moon. In addition, we hold monthly gong baths celebrating the Full Moon for a larger number of participants at St Michael's Parish Centre in Verwood and in a hall at nearby Holt.
The gong bath is a most soothing and holistic treatment using a combination of gongs and singing bowls to penetrate your body in an attempt to remove blockages, bringing harmony to your body and mind. Vibrations from these amazing instruments wash over the participants hence the term “gong bath”.
Gong baths are a powerful way to bring your body and mind into balance. A gong bath can shift your being from a state of suffering into a state of healing and clarity. During a gong bath or after relaxation, some people may feel extremely relaxed, or may experience a spontaneous release of feelings.
Each experience is unique and very personal and is said to address each individual’s particular issues and state of being. You may also experience different feelings from one gong bath to the next.
When you arrive you can lie down on your back, front or side (in fact any position that you feel comfortable in), relax your muscles, close your eyes, and attentively listen to the sounds. All you need to bring is you. You should wear comfortable clothing; everything is provided with the New Moon gong bath at Cosy Corner - duvets and blankets, and eye pillows are provided which will give you with an unforgettable experience. For the Full Moon gong bath in the hall please bring something comfortable to lay on/in. We do have some spare duvets and blankets however.