What is Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga inspires complete relaxation

This multi-sensorial practice is designed to inspire complete relaxation and relieve your body of stress so you leave feeling relaxed helps sooth emotional distress.  I like to begin most practices  with a full-body scan, which prepares your mind to deeply connect to your body and tap into your intuition. From there, we begin to open and stretch the body through gentle movements to prepare for long, supported holds where the deep transformation work begins. You will be guided through meditation designed specifically for  stress-reduction. Restorative Yoga is a true total mind body experience.

While experiencing Restorative yoga, you can enjoy:

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  • A cocooning and supported sensation as you are wrapped in blankets to your comfort level
  • Relaxation while draping your body over bolsters
  • A feeling of centering
  • A comforting sense of your stress melting away
  • A deep feeling of freedom from the hectic world we live in
  • You can experience feelings of joy, happiness and release of toxic emotions

Restorative Yoga is rich in benefits:

  • Aids in flexibility
  • The body deeply relaxes
  • The mind becomes still
  • The nervous system becomes balanced
  • The immune system gets a boost
  • Moods begins to shift toward compassion
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer

What you need to practice yoga at home

Cultivating A Home Yoga Practice

An in-home practice is very rewarding. All you really need is a little clear space on the floor where you can roll from side to side!

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Props you'll want to invest in:

  • bolster or 2-3 pillows 
  • 3-5 blankets 
  • 2 blocks 
  • your yoga mat
  • potentially a meditation cushion
 

Setting the Mood & Atmosphere

Consider all of your senses and  make your space feel truly special. You might even add the following if they bring comfort:

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  • incense
  • candles
  • salt lamp
  • music
  • a special picture or image
  • a plant or flower

 

 

You can also take your home practice with you anywhere, Savasana, or Corpse Pose is an asana that is the perfect traveling pose!

The foundation of a basic savasana:

Lie flat on your back with the heels spread as wide as the yoga mat and the arms at the sides of the body, palms facing upward. 

Cultivate Space & Time for Self-Care

Ultimately, by creating the space and time for a personal yoga practcie at home, or while traveling invites you deeper into your connection with peace, breath and resilience. 

Have questions about practicing at home or privately?

I honor my spirit and true nature

If we don't deal with the heart, the body suffers. Penny L. Foote

How many times over the past years have I run a negative tape in my mind over and over, or let my defenses down and let an old insecurity creep back up after I thought it was laid to rest.

The tapes play over and over again:

 I’m not smart enough, I hate my body, I’m so stressed out, I hate my hair, my job sucks, I can’t do it, I have no friends…

all these tapes are powerful and not only agitate the mind, but the negativity infects the body with stress and tension! I’m not good enough and these kinds of tapes do not honor my spirit and true nature.

Quite the opposite.

The effects are very damaging and one tape looping over another gets our minds in overdrive and thus we suffer a truth that is really a lie. We can’t see clearly anymore, we believe the lies as truths and judge ourselves- we actually FORGET who we really are .

I did this for years and years. I think the connection between the mind and body is one we should NOT overlook.

How yoga can help us break the loop

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Yoga can open and expose all this so we can live free and happy in who we are with our “faults” and all. Poses are body language. What I mean by this is that our posture is often effected by our thoughts and feelings. If you are self-protecting, one may round the back and hunch over to protect the heart.

 I find that yoga reverses this in a pose like fish… we lay with our heart OPEN in the pose, EXPOSED… breathing and relaxing into the pose, kinda like easing into opening little by little.  

Hip openers are another fantastic tool where lot’s of the LETTING GO. In these shapes (which get a huge applause from me) , we can unravel some of the built-up effects from the "monkey" mind and a clearing can happen. Poses can ultimately unravel, retrain and open us to a whole new, ore spacious world.

A kinder world of honoring our spirit and true nature.

 

Give it a try! Check out a Body Remedy class near you!

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