Restorative Yoga is a special form of slow yoga that uses props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks/bricks and crucially an eye pillow across the forehead and eyes. Unlike Yin Yoga the aim is not to stretch but to open up and let go into quiet relaxation. In a reclining pose, a forward bend, a twist or an inversion the body is supported with props and the pose is held for 5-20 mins so that the body has a chance to relax and settle into the position. Normally only 3-5 poses are offered in each class. This means that your mind and body have the opportunity to really open up to the relaxation response. The nervous system quietens down so it is very good to stress relief. It is a unique almost meditative experience which you may have felt in savasana at the end of a regular yoga class. This class is offered twice a month on Sunday pm.
Scaravelli-inspired Yoga is a regular Hatha yoga class but the pace is slow and there is lots of attention to the detail of movement. Your mind is active on sensing from within what/how you are moving: you have time to feel you body and its experience. It is a mindful approach to yoga movement.
Small friendly classes of 8 max. See www.thinkfeelbe.co.uk for up to date details and dates for Sunday restorative classes.
Sundays 4.30pm-6pm - x2 monthly
Willesden Green or Neason tube (Jubilee Line), Queens Park (Bakerloo Line), Kensal Rise (London Overgrpund)
Buses: 6, 206