Posted on September 30th, 2013
Restorative is the application of Yoga practice using props and postures held for longer periods of time to initiate deep relaxation of the body, mind and spirit. Slow Restorative Yoga is beneficial to balance a more active practice or decompress after a stressful day.
So this week we are featuring deep, quieting, and nurturing restorative classes that are designed to rest your body and soothe your mind.
- Unwind & Let Go of the Day’s Tension with Jo Tastula: This restorative class is perfect for the end of a hard work day or work week as a way to unwind and let go of pent up tension. For a real restorative treat have ready a bolster, blanket and 2 blocks. Starting with slow spinal rolls we gently work our way up from the base of the spine and the hips, into supported back bends and easy spinal twist. We finish in reclined cobblers pose (supta baddha konasana). Please note that there is no savasana in this class. Blessings.
- You Deserve to Rejuvenate with Amy Ippoliti: Give yourself the gift of renewal through a set of tranquil restorative poses including shoulder and upper back openers, hip openers, twists and more…set to relaxing music. Turn your yoga mat into an insta-spa with two blankets, a strap, two blocks and a bolster.
- Restore and Heal Your Mind, Body & Spirit with Stephanie Snyder: This is a very very very mellow class that will restore and heal your body mind and spirit. Based on the work of Thomas Hanna this movement takes place on the floor either on a blanket or carpet without a mat. We will spend the entire time on our backs. This is phenomenally beneficial work for all levels of practitioners and is accessible to most everyone.
- Relax and Refresh with Marc Holzman: These four restorative poses are perfect for reducing anxiety, grounding your energy, and soothing your nervous system. Props used: 1 bolster, 1-2 blankets, 1 strap, 1 block, eye pillow (optional but recommended).
- Find Calm & Unwind After a Long Day with Steven Espinosa: This calming 15 minute segment is perfect to unwind and relax at the end of a long day! Consisting of a variety of Reclining and Restorative Poses including Supported Bridge and Half Shoulder Stand. Also includes several inner and outer Hip Openers to release lower back stress. Using a block is recommended for some poses while others can be done at the wall.
- Rest Your Body, Soothe Your Mind with Jason Crandell: This is a deep, quieting, nurturing restorative practice designed to rest your body and soothe your mind. What else needs to be said….? (You will need 2 Blankets, a belt and a bolster)
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Posted on July 14th, 2012
If you have been following us on our blog and social media this week, you might have noticed that we mentioned restorative yoga a few times. No matter what kind of life situation we are in, we all need some time to ourselves. Restorative yoga is wonderful for everyone, especially if you work at a high-stress job or are constantly on the go, as it completely rejuvenates the mind and body. So, this weekend we challenge you to restore, rejuvenate and re-set with restorative yoga.
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Posted on April 22nd, 2012
Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can make you feel empowered. Whether you are a maxed out mother, frustrated child or someone in the fight of their life, yoga can make you feel like you can take on the world.
- On how a yoga camp is used to empower children: “Because of the environment and the things going on around the children, knowing how to calm themselves down and how to deal with some of the trauma that they’ve been introduced to is important,” Saddler-Walker says. “They need to know how to respond in a nonviolent way.”
- Restorative yoga helped with the healing: As she grappled with the rigours of fighting a terminal illness and breast reconstruction surgery, Skaey took action, leveraging several complementary practices to stay active and positive… She found a restorative yoga class that allowed her to gradually rebuild her strength and address physical challenges associated with her breast reconstruction, which had involved repurposing a muscle in her back.
- Yoga For Busy Moms: Busy moms run around with so many items on their to-do list while taking care of their child and subsequently forget to breathe! We take it for granted that we breathe automatically but when you do not breathe correctly, this is what causes stress…
- Yoga Helps to Relieve Aches and Pains from Gardening: To prevent fatigue and energize your body, it is important to take periodic stretch breaks. The following yoga inspired stretches will help relieve bodily discomfort brought on by spending hours in the garden.
- The Yoga of Parenthood: “Parenting is truly the greatest joy, but the most difficult ‘job’ in the world. I, for one, need all the tools I can get to negotiate this path. Sometimes it is a simple asana to bring me clarity, other times it is yogic philosophy. Even a few meditative breaths go a long way. The beauty of parenthood, though, is like yoga – there is no right or wrong.”
Posted on October 9th, 2010
We celebrated Day Nine of 30:30 with a wonderful 90 minute restorative class with Noah Mazé.
Class notes: In this practice of Level 2 Restorative poses, we cultivate stability and steadfastness by holding active weight bearing poses with support for specific lengths of time. Standing inversions, headstand, backbends, shoulder stand, and seated pranayama sequence to create and increase steady strength. This class uses a wall, two or three blankets, two blocks and a strap for the various poses.