“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness”- John Muir
Forest Bathing is a simple, yet powerful to way reconnect with who we are, in our natural setting. Find a place for yourself and settle into the present moment as we expand our senses and experience the natural world around all of us.
Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :
I couldn’t agree more
A very simple and powerful way to reconnect with who we are
Based on this crazy idea
Being in the woods is good for us
The practise of forest bathing is very simple
A focus on the present moment
Allow your senses to expand
Noticing the cool touch of the breeze
The wind moving through the leaves
The play of light through the canopy
Something that catches your eyes
Take an opportunity to stop
Like life unfolds when we are present
Naturally, organically and without control
The little treasures that we will find
Fully present in the moment
What you inhale is their exhalation
And in so doing
Allowing your journey take you where it will
Returning to where you started
A renewed sense of well being
Peace of mind
An appreciation for the life of which you are a part
But what exactly makes this style of yoga unique? Here are some of the benefits a restorative yoga practice has to offer.
Slows Down the Pace of Life
Restorative yoga is an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the frenetic activity of daily life and let your speedometer return to 0 mph. It offers a welcome respite among all the turbulence of life and helps to prepare the mind and body for the inward stroke of meditation and deepened awareness. Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo.
Soothing to the Nervous System
The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system from the very first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level.
Restorative yoga could just as easily be called “mindful yoga” due to the expanded awareness of self and body that comes through the practice. Slower movements cultivate space for a deeper experience of the poses and the breath. Awareness of the physical sensations, the thoughts or emotions that arise, or sounds in the environment, can all take on a much more profound significance in the depth of the restorative practice. Simply put, you’re able to notice and feel more of the world through your yoga experience. READ MORE
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
• Calm down and relax
• Get back into learning
• All the things I had to worry about
• Using our senses
• Mental wellbeing
• Go round the circle
• Breathe in and out
• I think the point of it is because..
• I’m not exactly sure
It started as an experiment: Get a group of yogis together to practice yoga in a barn, then bring on the goats. This type of meditation might be unusual but people from around the world are finding the benefit (and fun) in it. According to Lainey Morse, the owner of Goat Yoga in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, fans have fallen in love with this type of animal therapy so much so that there is already a 600 person waiting list.
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