“We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to relax. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to rest deeply and completely.”
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times.
The antidote to stress is relaxation. To relax is to rest deeply. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. Restorative Yoga is active relaxation. When practiced regularly, Restorative Yoga can help in the relief of fatigue and chronic stress. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a complete beginner, this style of yoga will revive and restore your body, bringing a deeper awareness to your mind/body experience.
A nurturing class that makes use of props (bolsters, blocks, blankets) to create positions of ease and comfort that facilitate deep relaxation and restore health.
Each restorative sequence is designed to move the spine in all directions. These movements illustrate the age-old wisdom of yoga that a healthy spine enhances well- being. A restorative sequence will include backbends, forward bends, twists and inversions. This can be as simple as putting your legs on a bolster but the effects are quite dramatic. By changing the relationship of the legs to gravity, fluids that accumulate in the lower extremities due to sitting and standing all day are returned to the upper body, and heart function is enhanced.
We will also use guided Pranayama (breathing techniques) to help with the relaxation process and be washed with the resonance of selected singing bowls that helps ground you into deep meditative state and shift subtle energies of the energetic body.