Gentle, Yin & Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga is designed to relax and rejuvenate. This class educates on relaxation and stress-relief techniques such as deep breathing as well as incorporating passive stretching with the support of props. Restorative yoga has amazing benefits for all of the bodily systems, particularly the nervous system, and can also help relieve the symptoms of back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc. This class is open to all levels who would like to counteract the effects of stress. Please bring a firm blanket or cushion if you have one.
Yin is the cooling, calming, emotional energy within us. It is a process of slowing down and resolving to be still in the body, in order to eventually still the mind. The intention in Yin Yoga is to hold postures in stillness for extended periods, which makes it a very meditative and emotionally freeing practice. As you hold the postures or "makahos", for up to 10 minutes, different meridians (aka nadis) are stretched, restored, and brought back to balance- in turn bringing the major systems of the body back to balance. Yin Yoga can help to release emotions that are seated deep within the fascia or connective tissues of the body. It's Yoga's form of acupuncture, and the counter balance to our on-the-go Yang lifestyles. Yin Yoga also enhances the production of synovial fluid while gently stressing joints, as well as stretching the connective tissues. It is great for those who experience any joint pain or swelling. When you have completed your practice, you leave feeling open, limber, and new.