Thank God It’s Restorative Yoga Friday
with Christine Shaw
Date: Usually the 2nd Friday each month, 7-8:30pm
About Restorative Yoga:
One Friday per month join us for a restoring, relaxing, renewing, refreshing, reinvigorating and restful Yoga. Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. All parts of the body are supported in each pose.
During these long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.
Christine is a 200hr E-RYT. She just completed her Restorative Yoga Teacher Training this year (October, 2017). She uses Restorative Yoga often in Y4ES (Yoga for Emotional Support) classes- Click HERE to see more about the Y4ES Classes which combine tools and techniques including Restorative Yoga postures to navigate difficult emotional life situations. Come and take the T.G.I.R.Y.F. class to enjoy a simple class with 4-6 different postures per class
All Props All the Time:
In restorative yoga, props are used extensively to support your body so that you can hold poses for longer. Postures are supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining. The use of essential oils, dim lights and calming music are used to enhance the experience.
What to Expect in Class:
Prepare yourself for deep relaxation when you attend a restorative class. Expect the teacher to arrange for the necessary props to be available for you.
If it is chilly, keep your socks on since you will not be warming up the body the way you would be in a regular class. In some poses, the teacher may cocoon you in blankets for extra warmth and coziness.
After you are set up in a pose with all your props, you will hold the pose for an extended period, often from ten to twenty minutes. Although you are supported, you may still feel the stretching, which will probably help keep you awake. You will continue to focus on your breath throughout.You may only do four or five poses over the course of a class. At the end of the session, your body feels open and refreshed.
Once you learn the basic set-ups for a few postures, it’s easy to do restorative yoga at home. You will need to assemble a few props, but many poses can be done with just a few blankets, which you probably already have.