Spirit, Mind & Body Studio

1st Floor The Old Mill, 45 London Road, East Grinstead,
West Sussex, RH19 1AW.

Restorative

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Restorative

Restorative Yoga is the practice of asanas, each held for longer than in conventional yoga as exercise classes, often with the support of props such as folded blankets, to relax the body, reduce stress, and often to prepare for pranayama.

Benefits: The process of restorative yoga ‘takes a body that is feeling fragmented and puts it back together again in the kindest way possible’. Restorative yoga is the king of all yoga in terms of physical and mental wellbeing. It is particularly beneficial if you are feeling tired, stressed, anxious or have recently been ill. One of the main benefits of yoga, restorative yoga in particular, is that through the nervous system it strengthens the immune system. One of the ways it does this is through the breath, which stimulates the vagus nerve which runs from the brain to the abdomen and is the longest cranial nerve. This brings the body into the rest, digest and restore response, or the parasympathetic nervous system. This creates optimal conditions for the functionality of the organs of the body, strengthens the immune system, and relieves symptoms of chronic stress, fatigue and tension.

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Frequently asked questions

In very simple terms, yoga is a system for bringing balance into your body and mind. It involves the physical practice of yoga postures called asanas, and breathing exercises called pranayama. Yoga also includes meditation, self-enquiry and the study of yoga philosophy. 

Hatha yoga is one of the main forms of yoga and many other yoga styles derive from it, so it’s a great place to learn the foundations and names of the poses. We offer a Welcome to Yoga class which is a great place to start. 

Practising yoga has loads of physical benefits: it creates a flexible, toned and strong body and improves breathing, energy and metabolism. Yoga may improve circulatory and cardiac health, as well as fitness levels, pain and posture. It also has benefits for your mental health, making you happier, more balanced and emotionally calmer. It may help you relax so you can handle stress better. Yoga encourages self-confidence and helps you to focus your energy. 

We have a fully equipped studio and you may use our mats. Wear something comfortable you can easily move in, ideally layers so you can adjust for comfort throughout your class. 

One is a holistic discipline originating from ancient India, the other a specific physical system devised by a German anatomist in the early 20th century: while there might be a lot of cross-over between yoga and Pilates, the two are inherently very different.

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