Restore &Renew

Restore and Renew with the choice of Bodymind™Ballwork
Restorative yoga is about slowing down and giving the body the time to open with supported, passive stretching. Being with your body and breath, and practicing stillness and allowing the physical and mental to be united.
When you hold restorative yoga poses your muscles are allowed to relax deeply because props are used to support your body, instead of your muscles. Although you are supported, you will definitely still feel the stretch. 
Restorative classes complement more active practices and are an excellent antidote to stress.
What to expect? 
-A sequence of restorative poses with the use of props (blocks, blankets, belts, balls) to support your body.
-The class will be complemented by either a guided deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra), meditation, pranayama (breathing), the use of mudras (hands gestures).
There is a choice for using the techniques of Bodymind™Ballwork to target specific parts of you body ( See below for more information)
Please mention at the moment of booking if you would like to use balls and which part of your body would you like to concentrate on. 
At the end of the session, your body feels open and refreshed; restored and renewed. Please see on Welcome page dates for this classes.

Bodymind®Ballwork 

Bodymind Ballwork is a bodywork system that can benefit people of any age or physical condition. The distinct feature of Bodymind Ballwork is the use of rubber balls of varying sizes and textures, which support, massage and stretch localized areas of the body.  There are techniques for every part of you, from head to toes. The result is a wonderful feeling of lightness and ease in the body, and quiet alertness in the mind. To quote one student: “It’s like having a massage therapist in your pocket”.

The name Bodymind Ballwork states the truth that any and all experiences register in the body and the mind happen simultaneously. Our mental state will shift from working on the body, and our physical state will shift from mental focus. We are already “integrated” but we don’t always feel that way. This technique is an elegantly simple and profound pathway toward the experience of integrated self.

Bodymind Ballwork was developed by Ellen Saltonstall, New York City. It evolved from her forty-year practice of Kinetic Awareness, a bodywork method developed in the 1960’s by Elaine Summers who was a dancer, choreographer, film-maker and teacher.  The origins of this approach to bodymind education go back to pre-war Germany, to the work of Elsa Gindler, an innovative physical education teacher.

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