WHAT AND WHEN?
There is lots of information below including what you will need to bring; how much it costs; props and some home-sourced alternatives. Please read ALL of the information before joining a class, and contact me in advance of class if you have any health conditions, injuries or concerns.
THURSDAYS 6.30pm – 7.45pm - Restorative Yoga click here to join Thursday's Rest & Relax Class
Restorative Yoga (Rest & Relax) classes are very gentle and suitable for complete beginners and those new to yoga. Using blankets, pillows and props to support and cushion your body, this class creates an opportunity for you to turn your attention inwards and slow down your breath and quieten body and mind. After an initial gentle warm up, we move into the long held poses. From then there is very little movement, allowing you to get connected with your inner stillness so you can soften and let go of any unnecessary tensions.
"...the class was peaceful, the sound great and it was easy to follow. I felt absolutely wonderful afterwards, relaxed, warm and happy."
"A perfect blend of movement, stretch and relaxation."
WHAT DOES IT COST?
I am currently offering this class on a donation basis of £7 or £10 per class . Please pay according to your means. If you are suffering financial hardship at the moment, drop me a line to say Hi and ask about my concession rates.
Payment is by bank transfer please contact me for my bank details.
You are welcome to take a class and pay afterwards.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We use Zoom for these classes. It’s free and easy (but you may have to download the app) all you have to do is click on the relevant hyperlink above and follow the instructions to join the class. Make sure you join with Audio and Camera or you won’t hear me! Once the class starts I will mute you all, and if you wish to turn off your camera at this point it’s up to you. But it is nice for me to see you and be able to offer modifications or adjustments if you need help.
Please set up your device with the camera pointing at you: a laptop or tablet/iPad is ideal but a smartphone will suffice if that’s all you have. If possible have the majority of your body and mat in view, both when lying and sitting down (so adjust your camera so that the full length and width of your ‘mat’ is visible and you should be fine).
As much as possible please test out your software and connection before joining.
Please let me know in advance of the class if you have any injuries or health conditions I may need to know about. I recommend you join a few minutes before the class starts to ensure you can connect smoothly. Once the class starts I may not be able to admit you as I will be teaching!
WHAT DO I NEED?
You will need a quiet and safe space to practise where you won’t be disturbed by other people or roaming pets (!). It is best not to have eaten for at least 2 hours before class. And turn off your mobile phone!
Give yourself enough room so that you can lie down and raise your arms fully above your head to reach ground behind, and also so that you can take your legs and arms out to the sides. Make sure you can move freely without knocking over objects and hitting any sharp corners of furniture.
DO I NEED SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
Yes, but don't worry. If you have a yoga mat and any other yoga equipment such as blocks, bricks, bolsters, belts EXCELLENT!
If you don’t, you can try out the following substitutions, but feel free to be creative. The more props you have handy, the more comfortable you can make yourself.
A yoga mat marks out your space, stops the chill from a cold floor, gives you some padding and stops you sliding around. It is best to lie on the floor rather than a bed if possible.
For yoga blocks and bricks you can use large hard-backed coffee table books and maybe a couple of smaller paperback novels. 2 x Tins can work in place of bricks. Use small hand towels to wrap them in.
You can use a dressing gown cord instead of a yoga belt, and small, rolled up (and dry!) hand towels are also good as additional supports under knees.
Finally have to hand a couple of blankets, cushions and pillows (a firm and a squishy, large and small).
These classes are not to be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
Please let me know in advance by email of any injuries, illnesses, mental health concerns, pregnancy stages etc before the start of your class.
You should not take part if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy. If you are over 14 weeks pregnant, it is essential you inform me beforehand and follow the recommended practice only. I can offer modifications for your comfort and safety but I am not specialised in Pregnancy Yoga.
By taking part in an online class, you agree to be 100% responsible for your own safety and any damages, injuries or risks, known or unknown, which you might incur as a result and also to indemnify the teacher against any claims arising from injury of damage of any kind.
Use your common sense, and don’t attempt to move beyond the limits of your own body. If you feel any pain, STOP!