With the ever changing seasons in the UK it’s nice to embrace the different times of the year and allow this to become part of our practice. For me personally, restorative yoga has been a necessary part of not only my practice but also my life during the winter months. I have such a passion for it and knew that I wanted to share what I’ve learned from it and my journey with restorative yoga, with others.
My first ever workshop, Winter flow and unwind, took place at Be-yoga Haywards on Saturday 17th December. I wanted the focus to be on restorative yoga and unwinding during the Winter months to give everyone a well-deserved break from the festive rush, to chill out and just ‘be’ for a couple of hours! Restoring themselves from the inside out so they can feel good for themselves, and then return out to the world to spread their love and festive joy having had a good rest.
I have to admit I was nervous to run my first ever workshop but I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. It was wonderful to see the relaxed faces of everyone as they left! Thank you so SO much to everyone who came.
The workshop began with a pranayama exercises focusing on the breath and calming the mind. I asked everyone to consider what they wanted to get out of the workshop and what gives them joy during the Christmas period. Christmas and this time of year can be very intense for a lot of people and there may be sadness or frustration mixed in with feelings of excitement and celebration. I think it’s important to acknowledge that, let that show, and work through these emotions during our yoga practice. After all, that’s what the mat is there for!
After the initial relaxation, everyone received a drop of lemon or grapefruit essential oil to breathe in the nice scent and feel uplifted ready for a gentle hatha flow sequence. The sequence stayed fairly low to the ground with soft movements and light twists. We completed three sun salutations and then took tree pose before returning down to the earth for restorative sphinx and another long luxurious shivasana.
As we moved into the restorative half of the workshop, eucalyptus essential oil was offered to cleanse the airways and allow for nice deep breathing during the practice. We then journeyed through a sequence of restorative postures aimed at opening the heart to embrace the festive period whilst unwinding the mind, finding long moments of peace and stillness.
To close, everyone took a lovely long shivasana in an inversion, with either their feet, calves or knees propped up on a bolster, before waking up to a Christmas gift at the end of their mat from Conscious Water.
If you missed out this time I hope you can join me for my next seasonal workshop – Spring flow and revive! (Date to be confirmed) Stay tuned to my special events for the workshop date. For now, let’s get back to winter, rest up, stay cosy and relaxxxxxx.