Yoga For Relaxation

Relax and feel restored with this Yoga For Relaxation course. Prioritise your health and wellbeing as you are guided through a range of complementary restorative Iyengar yoga sequences that will soothe your nervous system. These lessons focus on supporting you so that you can learn to relax and let go of tension in your body and your mind. With regular practice, restorative yoga can be a powerful tool for reducing stress. It also helps you to rebalance during times when you are feeling lower in energy and needing to rejuvenate.

The classes in this course are of varying length so that you can easily fit a lesson into a busy schedule, or spend more time on your self-care when you have an opportunity. You will learn how to correctly use props to support your body in a range of rejuvenating positions. Supported chest opening in particular will assist your focus on breath awareness and feelings of relaxation.

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals suffering from stress, muscle tension, anxiety, illness or low energy levels
  • Those looking to deepen their understanding of this relaxing and restoring aspect of Iyengar yoga
  • Anyone wanting to focus on self-care and finding balance in life

Ideally, some prior experience with Iyengar yoga is desirable prior to commencing this course (for example, completion of the Yoga Selection Beginners Program or something similar).

How will this course help me?

Restorative yoga is stress relieving. This course will help you to slow down – bringing stillness and clarity to your mind, whilst soothing and calming your nervous system. Classes can be used before bedtime to assist with sleep. They can also be used to restore balance whilst recovering from illness or injury.

What do I get from this course?
  • A comprehensive and structured approach to restorative yoga for practitioners at the intermediate level or above
  • Essential foundations and key principles clearly communicated to help you go further on your yoga journey
  • Step by step tracking of your progression through the course
  • Email reminders to help keep you motivated and on track
  • Email support from your teacher



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Course Progress

Restorative Chest Opening Poses - Weekly Intermediate Class 82

Focus: This weeks intermediate class includes a range of restorative chest opening poses. The class is completed within a 30 minute period and will be an ideal boost during times of low energy. The sequence can easily fit into a busy schedule and helps you to prioritise health and wellbeing during stressful times. Iyengar Yoga restorative poses such as upaashrayi upavista konasana, setu bandha sarvangasana and a supported version of purvottanasana are included in the class.

Key Poses: Upaashrayi upavista konasana, purvottanasana, setu bandha sarvangasana

Equipment: Mat, 2 chairs, 2 bolsters, 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

Level: intermediate

Duration: 30 min

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Wall Support Standing Poses To Combat Low Energy - Weekly Intermediate Class 80

Focus: Standing poses can leave you feeling energised, but are not always well suited to times when you are feeling tired or low in energy. They are not poses that naturally help to preserve energy. This class adapts a full sequence of standing poses so they can be more easily practiced during times of lower energy. A wall is used as a support in each of the standing poses to help improve balance and reduce muscular effort. This approach to practicing standing poses can also be therapeutic when practicing during hot summer days, or when recovering from illness.

Key Poses: trikonasana, virabhadrasana II, parsvakonasana, ardha chandrasana, parivrtta trikonasana, parivrtta ardha chandrasana, parsvottanasana, virabhadrasana I, prasarita padottanasana.

Equipment: Mat, blanket, 2 blocks.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 40 min

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Restorative Poses In 45 Minutes - Weekly Intermediate Class 70

Focus: This weeks class puts some of the main Iyengar Yoga restorative poses into a sequence that is completed within 45 minutes. It contains classic chest opening poses like setu bandha sarvangasana, and rejuvenating inversions such as viparita karani. Breath awareness is featured in an upright cross leg position, and then a chest opening version of savasana completes the class.

The class also covers the basics of prop use in restorative yoga. The time duration of the class is long enough to bring about change in terms of reducing stress levels, but short enough to fit into a busy schedule. It will suit newer students as well as more experienced practitioners.

Key Poses: Setu bandha sarvangasana, viparita dandasana, viparita karani, savasana

Equipment: Mat, chair, bolster, 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 45 min

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Adding Inversions To Restorative Poses - Weekly Intermediate Class 67

Focus: This is the last in our series of classes combining inversions with the main groups of yoga poses. In this class inversions are built into a sequence that also contains some of the more commonly practiced restorative poses. Techniques from the preceding classes are developed to the point where all of the inversions are practiced in their final stage. The class guides you in how to practice sirsasana (headstand), adho mukha vrksasana (handstand) and sarvangasana (shoulderstand).

In addition to these inversions, the sequence also includes chest opening restorative poses. These calming poses can help to combat stress. Their rejuvenating qualities can be beneficial when your energy levels are depleted. They are also helpful for improving awareness of how you breathe.

Key Poses: Adho mukha vrksasana, sirsasana, sarvangasana, setu bandha sarvangasana, viparita karani

Equipment: Mat, chair, bolster, 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 55 min

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Yoga Poses To Relieve Stress - Weekly Intermediate Class 62

Focus: This weeks class contains poses that help to combat stress. The sequence focusses on restorative yoga poses that promote relaxation and breath awareness. Poses to soften, and open your hips and groins, are combined with reclining chest opening poses. The sequence as a whole has a rejuvenating, energy preserving emphasis. Many of the fundamental restorative Iyengar poses such as viparita karani and setu bandha sarvangasana are taught with step by step instructions. This class is appropriate for intermediate students, but will also suit students who regularly work from the advanced section.

Key Poses: supta baddha konasana, viparita karani, setu bandha sarvangasana

Equipment: Mat, chair, 2 bolsters, 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 55 min

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Relaxation in 25 Minutes - Weekly Intermediate Class 46

Focus: This class consists of just three poses. Supta baddha konasana, setu bandha sarvangasana and viparita karani are all key poses in the Iyengar Yoga restorative repertoire. Each one will help to calm your nervous system, combat stress and promote relaxation. Although it is great to include these poses in longer sequences, extra time is not always easy to find during busy periods in your life. For this reason a short, 25 minute class such as this one might be the best fit.

The set up for each of these restorative poses is relatively simple and accessible for home practitioners. The video guides you through each pose in detail, allowing you the space to relax and breathe.

Key Poses: Supta baddha konasana, setu bandha sarvangasana, viparita karani

Equipment: Mat, bolster, 3 blankets, belt

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 25 min

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