Candle-lit Sunday Night Restorative/Yin Yoga Workshops 2022
Sunday 18th September 7pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 16th October 5.30pm – 7pm
Sunday 18th December 5.30pm – 7pm
Join me for 90 minutes of deep rest and delicious mellow stretches in a tranquil candle-lit space tucked away in the heart of Weybridge, Surrey. We’ll incorporate aspects from the traditions of yin and restorative yoga, as well as mindful movement and somatic awareness for the purpose of healing and renewal.
These workshops are suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners from complete beginners to the more experienced.
Places are £20 in person. You will need to bring a yoga mat and a bolster (or two pillows or cushions) and a couple of blankets for these workshops. To book a place for these workshops please email me.
Yin and Restorative Yoga
Both yin and restorative yoga create a profound sense of renewal, relaxation and well-being via a state of conscious stillness. In these restful workshops we will explore aspects of both traditions.
What is the difference between Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga is a deeply rejuvenating practice with an emphasis on cultivating a state of active relaxation in stillness rather than looking for a deep sensation of stretch as found in yin yoga. Usually numerous yoga props are used to support the body. Poses are often held between 5-20 minutes each. This combination of active relaxation, opening and deep awareness and connection to the breath provides the body and mind an opportunity to renew and heal.
In Yin Yoga stretches are usually held with relaxed musculature with (or without) props for several minutes to encourage connective tissue or myofascia to release and soften. Yin is a concept found within Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine and as a practice often utilises the modern meridian theory, whereby the meridians used in therapies such as acupuncture can be accessed via connective tissue. The meridians form a network of pathways that transport energy or chi throughout our bodies, not dissimilar to the nadis of the energetic body found in the teachings of yoga. The focus of a Yin practice is primarily to free up the body’s energy and promote a deep sense of well-being.
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“Ruth creates a welcoming, uncompetitive and serene setting for her classes, and tailors her teaching to the needs of her students, especially providing the class with alternative poses to account for injury or individual physical circumstances. Having the opportunity to switch off from the outside world and a busy lifestyle, focus in on and align my thoughts only with my body’s movements and breathing, was an invaluable skill to learn, not only for my state of mental wellbeing but also for the challenges of everyday life. Ruth inspires both physical and spiritual confidence and self-belief through her teaching”
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