Paula Hines – Restorative Yoga
Sometimes referred to as ‘active relaxation’, in this style of yoga (stemming from the therapeutic work of B.K.S. Iyengar) we are consciously manipulating the nervous system to create ease. Props are used to facilitate relaxation by supporting the body. In RESTorative yoga we rest in each supported posture for an extended period of time. While the body is supported there is no need to ‘hold’ a posture, therefore opening the door more easily for us to completely let go.
It is known that embodied practices like restorative yoga can help us move into a parasympathetic nervous system state (rest, digest, tend/befriend, restore), away from fight/flight/freeze and back to homeostasis. So, this practice is ideal for anyone looking to slow down, relieve stress, calm excessive mind chatter, and can be especially beneficial when in a state of feeling ‘tired all the time’. Nourish yourself with this deep, slow, quiet practice.
Suggested props: 2 bed pillows (or 1-2 yoga bolsters), 3 cushions (or 2 yoga bricks and 1 flat yoga block), 1-2 blankets, 1 soft scarf or eye pillow, access to a chair or sofa or wall.
Paula is a senior yoga teacher who has practised and studied yoga for twenty years.
An experienced restorative yoga teacher, Paula is an Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer, (having studied with the renowned Judith Hanson Lasater,) with a particular focus on the therapeutic aspects of this practice for a range of conditions including anxiety and depression.
Also an experienced writer with script-writing credits for the BBC, Paula has written the monthly Teacher’s Tales column and travel features for OM Yoga Magazine since 2012.