Ultimate Rest
Monthly Class

Classes


Second Sunday each month 6.45pm - 8.15pm, Sawpits, Richmond Road, Towcester, NN12 6AX
Starting 2nd June
First Sunday each month 6.45pm - 8.15pm at Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, Brackley, NN13 6GN

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes….including you
— Anne Lamott
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ABOUT RELAXATION

Your body has some pretty amazing systems which prepare you to respond perfectly to any given situation.
When the pressure is on chemical changes take place, these have you ready and raring to go, this process is the stress response, also known as fight or flight.
When the pressure has passed different changes then kick in to calm you down and bring your body and mind back to a state of equilibrium, this process is the relaxation response, sometimes known as rest and digest or stay and play.

These systems rely on you receiving signals through your senses and your mind interpreting those signals as either safe, challenging or perhaps even dangerous.
Imagine you are walking alone on a dark night when you hear footsteps behind you, this is the type of situation that triggers the stress response to kick in.

When you realise the situation isn’t dangerous, perhaps just someone else walking along in your direction, your body begins to reverse it’s state of fight or flight and come back to equilibrium. You can read more about the stress and relaxation response here.

It’s not bad to feel stressed, it’s bad to stay stressed. Sometimes we don’t have the chance to relax sufficiently and return to equilibrium before our stress response is triggered again. It’s much harder to calm down than it is to create tension or stimulation.

We all know people who are too stressed, perhaps you count yourself as one of them.
Seeing ourselves as having an excess of stress can make us feel helpless, perhaps are more useful perspective is to see that we have a deficiency of rest and relaxation. This is a situation we can rectify.

Deep rest helps release tension on a physical, mental and emotional level and yet how many of us have been taught how to truly rest? Deep relaxation classes are a great way of learning tools and techniques for evoking states of deep rest. You’ll also be giving yourself the gift of letting go and surrendering to stillness and inner peace.

Relaxation is one of the most important practices to learn for our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Taking time for regular bouts of deep rest helps you to hone your body’s ability to adapt its automatic stress response to an appropriate level for the actual circumstances you are facing.

This monthly Ultimate Rest class consists of two practices proven effective in calming the nervous system and brings deep rest to body and mind.

Restorative Yoga evokes the parasympathetic nervous system, it’s all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching with specific poses stimulating what needs to be stimulated and calming what needs to be calmed.

iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based, trauma-sensitive meditation, relaxation, and healing protocol that deeply calms the nervous system, supports the integration of negative emotions and thoughts, and helps to build resilience with everyday challenge

What to expect

Each class will be consist of a series of poses which are carried out on the floor. Here your body will be supported with blankets, pillows, bricks and bolsters allowing you hold poses for longer periods of time. With the props supporting your body rather than your muscles you’ll find it absolutely natural to relax and to switch off.

You may only do four or five poses over the course of an entire class. You’ll focus on your breath throughout the class although you’ll also hear music and guidance to relax yet deeper.
When your body has settled your mind will be guided to rest with iRest Yoga Nidra, a deeply healing Mindfulness and Somatic healing practice.

At the end of the session your mind feels relaxed, as if it has powered down, your body feels open and refreshed.

Who is it for?

Absolutely anyone. Whether you want to de-stress or just experience a delightful ninety minutes of deep rest and relaxation this monthly class is suitable for you.

If you have difficulty getting down onto the floor and up again you may prefer to try our weekly Mindfulness and Meditation classes which are practiced seated in chairs.

What you’ll need to bring

  • it’s best to wear loose clothing in which you can sit move comfortably onto the floor

  • a bottle of water to rehydrate after class

Payment

  • £12.50 via BACS Account Number 61487272 Sort Code 40-19-07 and email deborah@equilibe.com once you have made your payment

  • or purchase now by clicking on the button below.