Held twice a month these extended sessions enhance the experience of the gong bath by fully preparing the body to deeply relax. The session begins with restorative yoga and is followed by either some mantra singing or a guided meditation. This alternates each session. These extended sessions are between the regular gong baths that are also held twice a month. No experience of yoga is necessary as the aim is deep relaxation and each asana/pose is fully supported by the bolster.
Benefits of restorative yoga:
Restorative yoga helps us cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation. More of a yin style of yoga, as opposed to more yang styles that involve more movement and more muscular effort, restorative yoga uses long-held, supported resting poses to create the conditions for us to cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation and most importantly to release unnecessary habitual tension in the body and mind.
Restorative yoga helps us discover where we are holding tension. Willingness to look at how and where we are holding tension, and to relax our body on the ground, allowing the breath to come in more, so the tension that we find can be softened or less gripping.
Restorative yoga creates the conditions for the relaxation response to kick in. Conscious breathing and the quietness of restorative yoga help us elicit the relaxation response, a neurological response that tells us we are safe, pulls us out of "flight or fight" mode, and initiates the body's self-healing process. We switch over from worrying about staying "safe" to fostering the longevity systems of longterm health, including digestion, elimination, reproduction, growth and repair, and immunity.
Restorative yoga helps us face what we are avoiding about ourselves. We tend to want feel productive and in control. But our habit of running around, conquering our to-do lists, and fuelling ourselves with coffee and ambition can often be a way we avoid deep discomforts and unwelcome feelings in the body and mind. Restorative yoga asks us to stop engaging in all the doing and face what we really need to look at about ourselves. To care for the whole of ourselves in a way we are not used to. This is an essential step for health and healing, for true renewal.
What is a mantra?
A Mantra is a series of phrases or words that are sung or chanted during meditation. Mantra meditation uses dedicated words to achieve the user’s goals. It is more than a repeated phrase. Saying any word over and over again is not a mantra. A mantra provides an array of spiritual, mental, and physical healing for the practitioner. Furthermore, saying an inspirational quote or writing it down does not make it a mantra. It is the energy created in the chanting or singing that makes the saying a mantra.
What are the physical benefits of Mantras?
All mantras have intense physical benefits.
They relieve stress. The rhythm and sound of the chanting moves energy throughout the body. The movement of energy regulates the chemicals in our brains. It blocks stress hormones and releases endorphins.
They regulate heart rate.
Mantras enhance positive alpha, gamma, delta, and the brainwaves—the brainwaves that kick in during relaxation.
Chanting increases immune functions, and lower blood pressure. The sound of the mantra literally drowns out the negative voices in our heads. When the negative thoughts are suppressed, the mind has room for positive thoughts.
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