Restorative Yoga - the art of undoing, opening and resting. The beauty of this practise is anyone can enjoy it, you don't need to be flexible or to have practised yoga before. If you are going through a particularly stressful time, if you have been unwell, suffer from insomnia or you need to relax this is the perfect practise. There is no muscular effort needed, its a physically passive practise yet amazingly effective and powerful!  Gently stretching the muscles and squeezing the organs of the body, releasing impurities allowing the organs to receive and absorb fresh oxygenated blood. Its great to combined with an active yoga practise or it may be practised on its own. Restorative Yoga is a perfect tonic to stressful lifestyles, we all need to slow down. Most of us work too hard and are overstimulated by technology, taking time out to relax allows the body to replenishes itself. The effects of stress are cumulative and responsible for many of today's illnesses, high blood pressure, heart problems. high cholesterol, digestive problems to name a few.

Restorative Yoga is therapeutic & healing as the nervous system switches to the parasympathetic side (rest & digest). As we relax this facilitates healing, long held inner outer tension are released in a most relaxing way. Its a similar feeling to meditation that arises as we move inwardly, this can serve as a gateway to meditation or to deepen your own practise. A feeling of spaciousness arises as you receive healing and move into a state of deep relaxation.

Whilst fully supported using soft bolsters & blocks, cushions & blankets, we come into the comfortable restorative poses opening and relaxing we enter a state of PURE bliss!

Some benefits:

  • Stimulates the relaxation response
  • Increased energy flow to organs
  • Restores vitality
  • Boosts Immune function
  • Improves digestion
  • Releases habitual holding patterns
  • Benefits mind & body
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Reduction in cholesterol levels
  • Improved sleep

I completed my teacher training in Relax & Renew - Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater - one of the foremost experts in ‘Restorative Yoga’.

You will need to purchases an eye pillow (Its a very personal thing) I provide everything else needed, but if you wish you can bring your own blanket.

Suitable for anyone except pregnant women.


I was keen to try restorative yoga. Having always been very sporty and active but being plagued by a chronic hip injury, I have fallen in love with yoga and all of the benefits that it brings. Restorative yoga looks like you are doing nothing but don’t be fooled! The props help you relax the body and let go of tension in the body, thus moving deeper into the pose. I have found this has improved my flexibility. After a long hard day at work when I am feeling frazzled and disconnected, restorative yoga brings me back to the place where I feel like me again.
— Lindsay S, Wallington

Restorative yoga is an amazing experience, Viv is very patient and guides you through the personal, and individualised style she felt would help me. It most certainly has, and I am gradually increasing the poses slowly each day to help me with meditative state and back pain/ sciatica. Amazing experience. Thank you as always for your teaching and guidance.
— Dawn, Wallington

I would definitely recommend restorative yoga to anyone who is undergoing any health issues or faced with overwhelming stress and personally demanding responsibilities. Restorative yoga is very nurturing , It helps on a on a physical, mental and emotional level. I felt tension lifting from me as my body moulded around the bolsters, my lower back relaxed and “I slept like a baby”! It requires little or no physical agility so can be practised by almost anyone. The Yoga Den offers a beautiful tranquil setting where Viv a mature and experienced teacher provides care and attention to every aspect of her yoga practise.
— Ruth, Wallington

Thanks so much for the lovely Restorative Yoga Workshop session - I felt fantastic when I got home. It was very relaxing yet I felt I’d had a bit of a workout as well.  I would recommend this workshop to anyone as you truly did not need to know yoga to participate and gain the benefits. Thanks again for your healing input both in the meditation and in the workshops. It’s fantastic to have the Yoga Den so close by.
— Sue L, Wallington