In each class session, students will be guided through a period of meditation, intention setting, and a gentle warm-up practice that flows and slows down into a deeply healing Restorative practice. Restorative Yoga postures are held for extended periods of time to facilitate a gentle opening of the body and a fuller emotional experience of the present moment. Students will be inspired by the integration of Yoga philosophy and mindfulness practice to open the heart and move toward increased acceptance of the full range of human experience both on and off the mat.
Restorative Yoga works to cultivate wholesome states of relaxation, thus harmonizing the mind and body. Regular practitioners often rediscover and embody their innate state of equilibrium and emotional balance. Students will learn breathing and relaxation practices that aim to lower the heart rate and blood pressure as well as disrupt habitual patterns of thought. Hot massage stones and yoga props are incorporated into each restorative posture to maximize the healing effects of the practice.