Posted on March 31st, 2014
Spring is officially here (according to the calendar, at least) and transitioning gracefully from one season to the next can be a bit of a challenge — especially from winter to spring when most of us are still feeling sluggish or “stuck” from being cooped up indoors. As the seasons change our bodies change, so it’s important that we don’t become stagnant — we need to create balance and healthy circulation in order to move with the seasons. Think of the changing of seasons as time for renewal, a time to wipe the slate, undo some habits and start anew. This constant shedding as the seasons change help us to let go so we continue to grow and transform.
Ready for an internal renewal? This week’s featured classes will restore and balance your body, mind and spirit so you can renew your commitment to your wellness, to your heart and to yourself.
- Catalyst for Renewal with Claire Missingham: In Ayurveda, routine, ritual and process are important for creating health and balance. For instance, creating an evening routine to establish good sleep patterns or waking early for pranayama and meditation practice at dawn. Similarly, sometimes we need to allow ourselves to undo habits as well, perhaps we may get stuck or not challenge ourselves enough, especially when it’s cold outside. By acknowledging how we need to create change, the yoga practice can be the catalyst for renewal. Inspired by the urge to change things up, so we don’t become stuck in our practice or in our lives. This freeing and enlivening class of detailed alignment, specific hand positions in poses (mudra), breathing techniques (pranayama) and kriyas for an inspired multi-dimensional Vinyasa Flow. This yoga practice uses intelligent, creative and disciplined sequences, that unravel repetitive patterns and leave you feeling free and refreshed. We do variations of arm positions and transitions between poses and become more aware of using alternative clasps of the hands and fingers. This will free up the 14 main joints in the body, and open the spine in all 3 planes of movement (saggital, coronal and transverse).
- Renew, Restore, Rebuild with Twists with Tara Judelle: Using slow steady twisting poses ranging from Standing to Seated, this class mindfully uses the two halves of the body to unwind the center and rebalance the nervous system.
- Revitalize & Restore with Tiffany Cruikshank: A yummy restorative class, a refresher for the legs, chest & spine and a nice way to transition into sleep. This class is great at the end of the day if you stand on your feet or sit at a desk to revitalize the tissues and can be done when you get home or just before bed. If you’re using it for sleep try crawling into bed right after this class. Props: Thick mat or towel, wall space.
- Yoga Nidra for Healing & Inspiration with Rod Stryker: Deep rest is key to healing and rejuvenation as well as improved focus. Enjoy this twenty minute Yoga Nidra session, the ancient yogic science of relaxation, and experience how twenty minutes of guided, systematic, relaxation practice can replenish and renew you. Use it to start your day, rest in the middle of it, or just before falling asleep and unlock your innate capacity for healing, inspiration, and peace. Props Suggested: Blanket to lay on or cover up with. Blanket or pillow for head, Bolster under the knees.
- Revive, Refresh, Renew with Elena Brower: This class will highlight your power center, your solar plexus. Poses will be sequenced in order to focus you fully in your 3rd chakra, open it up, and bring it back to life so you can renew your commitment to your wellness, to your heart, to yourself.
- Retreat with Marc Holzman: A very special class that honors the holistic nature of Yoga and is perfect to refresh, revive and go deep into the body/mind/heart. 30 minutes of slo-flo asana to move energy and open hips. Five minutes of japa (mantra repetition) to manifest our desires, three minutes pranayama to move to deeper into the subtle, seven minutes meditation to steep in the delicious heart space and five minutes savasana to restore. Props Recommended: A blanket, two blocks, a chair, or whatever you need to sit comfortably for 20 minutes.
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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.