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Restorative Yoga Flow with Sarah Sharf

December 15, 2014 by Carmen Rebel 

Taking some time out of your day to focus on yourself can be tricky sometimes. Especially in the midst of the London chaos and the busy lives we find ourselves trapped in. However, it isn’t impossible and all it takes is prioritising and turning a habit into a routine. I find that yoga is that getaway to focus on the ‘you’ and the ‘now’. It is a moment that you can dedicate to yourself, to disconnect from all that is going on outside, and concentrate on what’s happening inside. Whether you are battling stress from your degree, work or more personal aspects in your life, we all need an escape from all that to bring more balance into our life. What better way to do so, than with a restorative flow yoga class? Sarah Scharf, the wonderful yoga teacher who will guide you through your Restorative Flow Yoga practice, will help you bring focus and balance into your life. Learning how to truly disconnect and be comfortable with the act of stillness takes practice. That is why, instead of being a completely restorative class, the practice begins with a flow sequence that prepares you physically and mentally to enter the restorative part of the practice. You will be supported by a number of props including bolsters, blocks, sandbags, blankets, eye pillows and belts. All of these will support you in the relaxing and comfortable poses. IMG_9715 The benefits of resting in the restorative poses are many, and I was able to experience first hand the positive impact of them in my mental and physical health. Reasons why you should try restorative flow yoga:

  1. It is incredibly healing for the body, helping balance the nervous system and optimizing energy flows for the organs.
  1. Lifts immune function and enhances the process of digestion.
  1. Releases mental stress and physical tensions.
Living in a city like London, we can all probably relate to the stress that a hectic city can bring to us. Stress is probably one of our worst enemies, causing our cortisol levels to increase, which in the long run can have negative health implications. For example it can interfere with learning and memory, lower immunity and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease the list goes on. For that reason alone, we all need to bring restoration into our lives. And the wonderful thing about the class is that not only will it help you bring calm and balance through the practice, but it also teaches you the foundation of the relaxation techniques to help you find balance off the mat.   Sarah Sharf teaches Restorative Flow yoga on Saturday mornings at 10.30 a.m. at the lovely and cosy Yoga Place in Bethnal Green Road. Catch her there, or visit her website to get more information on her classes elsewhere. Sarah's next restorative yoga workshop is set for Dec 20th at 3 - 5:30pm at Yoga On The Lane. See details below: http://omexchange.com/event/winter-solstice-holiday-survival-flow-restore-immunity-sanity/