What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the support of blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps. Comfortable yoga poses are held long enough to invoke deep relaxation, which is healing to the nervous system, brain, mind and organ systems of the body.
Benefits include lowered blood pressure, improved immune function, digestion and fertility. In addition, restorative yoga is a powerful tool to reduce muscle tension and general fatigue, helping the body and mind restore vital energy levels. Regular practice makes the body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and helps to achieve optimal health.
Restorative yoga can also aid recovery from illness, injury or emotional depression and anxiety caused by traumatic events. Sessions stimulate the ‘parasympathetic nervous system’, otherwise known as the ‘rest and digest system’ (opposite to the ‘flight or fight system’). This, in turn, encourages physical and emotional calm, helping to increase emotional resilience and positive thinking.
When and where are sessions provided?
Small group sessions are provided from The Haven, 70a High Street, Stony Stratford as follows:
First and Third Monday of every month
- Morning class: 10.45am – 11.45am
- Evening class: 19.15pm – 20.15pm
First session is offered free of charge. Subsequent classes are £10 per session.
Group sessions are kept to a maximum of 8 people to ensure optimal benefit for all participants, therefore, sessions MUST be pre-booked via email, telephone or Facebook messenger to avoid overbooking / disappointment. See www.rebalancing-me.com for session dates.
Personalised 1-1 sessions and 2-1 sessions, usually in tailored four week courses, are provided from a private yoga room in Stony Stratford. Prices for personal sessions are £35/hour for 1-1 sessions and £20/hour each for 2-1 sessions. Session times and days are agreed in advance, according to availability.
Information about the teacher – Emma Bacon
Emma Bacon is a wellness coach and eating disorder specialist with a specific interest in how yoga can support emotional and physical health and recovery from a variety of issues. Emma is also a qualified Personal Trainer, Martial Arts Instructor, Nutritional Advisor and Author of ‘Rebalancing Your Relationship with Food’ and the ‘Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook’. In addition, Emma is the Founder and Project Manager of ‘BalancED MK – Eating Disorder Support Services’, based in Milton Keynes.
Emma intends to expand her yoga classes to include Hatha Yoga (Flow) and iRest Yoga – a guided meditation yoga specifically designed to support recovery from trauma.
Emma’s sensitive presence, the warm weight of the blankets and the cocooned, snug poses gave me the permission I needed to truly relax my body and mind. I am certain that regular restorative yoga with Emma will enable me to remain grounded in my everyday life.