Michelle Mäas

Yoga Classes

I was introduced to Yoga in 2010 by my friend while living in Canada. I was in awe of how wonderful I felt after the very first session and I was hooked. I took out an introductory 4-week offer at my local studio and I experienced every class to learn the different styles. Regular practice taught me self-care, inner awareness, gave me clarity, and created a deeper connection between my mind and body. Yoga completely transformed me, its teachings resonated with me, and the sessions energised and rejuvenated me. I love yoga and knew one day I would become a teacher. So here I am 10 years later starting my teaching journey at the Cornwall Yoga Centre. Restorative yoga has always been a favourite practice. I love the gentle and meditative movements that bring calm and stillness to a busy mind.

 

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a type of hatha yoga that uses relaxation to balance the excessive action of daily living. Its origin lies in B.K.S. Iyengar, a pioneer in using props such as blankets, blocks, and straps to avoid straining in poses. His student, Judith Hanson Lasater became instrumental in popularising restorative yoga in the US in the 70s. There are no vinyasas, downward dogs, or sun-salutations here. Restorative yoga’s focus is on opening, letting go and relaxation, not strength or flexibility. The poses are simple, gentle, supported and appropriate for all levels and abilities. The benefits are stress management, healthier respiration, improved digestion, pain relief, weight loss and emotional wellbeing. This therapeutic practice will invoke deep relaxation to calm the mind and harmonize your physiology.