On Friday evening I went along to a Bliss Yoga class at Good Vibes Fitness in Covent Garden, where they use candelight to create a beautifully tranquil atmosphere. The darkened room and the soft glow really helped me to feel relaxed before the class had even begun (they don’t use real candles so no worries about a fire hazard).
Their infrared heated studio helps to encourage the body to open safely and soothes stiffness and muscle soreness. It also means that although the class is slow and you don’t work up a sweat, you don’t feel cold and are able to relax into each posture.
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For someone who isn’t the most flexible, restorative yoga is a nice change. Poses are supported with props, to encourage the body to release and open without tension, and are often held for several minutes. This results in deep releases into tight spots, a stronger connection with the breath and a calm awareness of mind. It’s also great if you are recovering from injury or illness. (I am struggling with a possible hip tear- I will write a post on the issue when I understand it better. I have lots of questions for my physio who was pretty vague last week! I find it hard knowing when to trust a physio’s opinion or who is a good practitioner to deal with, but that’s a whole other blog post…)
When the hour was up I felt so relaxed I could have fallen asleep on my mat! And after a week of intense concentration on a work training course it felt the perfect counter balance, and a great way to start the weekend.
Have you tried yoga to relax? What’s your favourite style of yoga?