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RESTORATIVE YOGA

RESTORATIVE YOGA / Gentle

Class Description 

RESTORATIVE YOGA with SMALL TENSION RELEASE BALLS and BOLSTERS                                     

The first part of the class we’ll start with using small tension release balls to identify areas of tension in your body, structural limitations. By targeting trigger points, you can reduce pain and improve range of motion, reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, increase body awareness and aid in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Also, you’ll become aware of how your body absorbs physical, mental, and emotional stress and learn to recognize those areas that tend to hold tension and pain. This first part will prepare the body for full relaxation on the bolsters used in the second part of the class.

In the second part of the class, you’ll hold 5-8 passive poses for 4-8 minutes each. All your body will relax while paying attention to your breath and body sensations. Through guided meditation you will remain aware and present, all with the aim of releasing tension and stress in a conscious state. Props, blankets, bolsters, blocks are used to release body tension and feel comfortable. Practicing Restorative Yoga regularly can help you find a greater sense of ease, tension release and relaxation.

Anyone can benefit from this practice, especially people that have stressful jobs, go through stressful live events, have tight muscles, sore shoulders, sciatica. It is excellent for people that practice intense workout, stretching, running, hiking, spend long hours on the computers, practice intense texting, experience anxiety, do forceful movement and repetitive movements, experience mind irritation and body discomfort. Everyone is encouraged to listen to their body, respect its essence and wisdom and become aware of their deepest nature.

Benefits

The practice relaxes the mind, increases body capacity for healing, balances the nervous system and immune system. By calming the mind and relaxing your muscles, Restorative yoga alleviates a variety of ailments such as anxiety, restlessness, migraines, osteoporosis, arthritis, fatigue and much more. The body relaxation eases away pre-existing health conditions of injuries and cuts down on recovery time. For pregnant women, the benefits are twofold- ease and comfort during pregnancy while also creating a feeling of belonging, safety, protection and grounding during the beginning months (and years) of motherhood.

Restorative yoga also creates the mental and physical space to help process major life changes like dealing with chronic conditions, cancer, divorce, separation, or job challenges as well as a myriad of other stressors and experiences. Great for stress relief! Simply lounging on supportive piles of bolsters and blankets feels extremely comfortable and soothing. Come to experience the art of self-soothing and the art of relaxation! Practicing restorative yoga regularly can help you to find a greater sense of ease. You will feel rejuvenated and renewed during and after each and every class!

A Brief Outline Of The Routine

All poses are done with props, blankets, bolsters, balls whatever you will feel that helps you to feel at ease and relaxed in a restorative pose. You will feel gently stretched out, open and refreshed only by simply resting into the pose.

Style driven from: B.K.S. Iyengar

Level: Ideal for everyone!

Duration:  1h 30min

Equipment needed: Comfortable clothes, water, mat

Time/ Location: See class schedule

Teacher: Maria

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