There is no more beautiful ending to a stressful day than a glorious Restorative practice. As the least “impacting’ form of yoga, Restorative allows folks to have space to breathe, relax, and release the mind in a series of postures that require little to no physical effort. The key to this type of yoga is to simply let go, and it is difficult for anyone to not enjoy the gentle, soothing effects of this meditative form of yoga.
At LLY we offer a Restorative Hatha class Tuesday's (monthly from 8:45pm-9:30pm). With this offering we wanted to make sure that you had some more info from our Restorative teacher Elizabeth about what this class can offer YOU!
We sat down with Elizabeth and asked her a few questions; here is what she had to say...
Q: What is Restorative Yoga?
A: Restorative Yoga is exactly what it sounds like! It is a gentle, passive and relaxing form of yoga. Restorative uniquely combines the principles and health benefits of both yoga and meditation at the same time, as it encourages a mindful connection between our body and mind with the end-goal of relaxation. Just like other types of yoga, Restorative still involves making various poses with our bodies; however, we’ll take advantage of using the floor and some yoga props (pillows, blocks & straps), allowing gravity to assist us in fully relaxing and releasing our bodies to the mat. Some of these poses include seated forward folds, laying twists, legs up the wall and gentle backbends.
Q: What benefits can I experience from a Restorative Yoga class?
A: Due to its slower pace and passive nature, Restorative Yoga serves as an amazing compliment to all fitness and lifestyle routines. This method is ideal for all fitness levels and anyone seeking an opportunity to relax and decompress their tired body and busy mind. These longer-held poses and deep breathing techniques will allow our hard-working bodies and minds to slow down and gently open to stretch and release tight muscles. You’ll experience a greater sense of mental and physical relaxation during the class, that will follow with you after the class as well - take note of how well you may sleep that night!
This class is all about YOU creating a restorative space for yourself! So please arrive with an open mind, open heart, ready to release some mind-body tension and open yourself to a calm, restorative energy.
Written by: Elizabeth Fox
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Got tight hamstrings and 15 minutes? Your hamstrings are a group of muscles that run along the back of your upper leg. They’re used for walking, running, flexing the knee, and adduction (bringing the leg towards the midline of the body) of the leg. If you are doing activities that are taxing your quads, you’ll want to be sure to pay some attention to your hamstrings and give them a stretch, as they are the antagonist muscles to your quadriceps. If you’re curious to know more details on each muscle of the group, check out this post from Very Well Fit. If you’re ready to stretch this group of muscles, grab a mat, yoga strap, and two yoga blocks, and we’ll get started!
Start by laying down on your mat. Stretch your legs long in front of you and let you body relax. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Start to notice how your body feels. Do you feel a difference from the back of one leg to the other? Just take notice on what you find. You’ll come back to this later.
Supta Padangustasana A (Modified Reclined Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose)
Roll to one side for a few breaths and then press up to a seat.
Virasana (Hero Pose)
Place your hands by your knees, tuck your toes underneath, and lift your hips as you straighten your legs. You’ll be in a forward fold, Uttanasana.
Hold here - noting how things feel through the backs of your legs - for 5-8 breaths.
Parsvottanasana with Blocks (Pyramid with Blocks)
*Bring your blocks to the top corners of your mat.
Repeat on the other side.
Ardha Hanumanasana (Half Split)
Slowly lift your chest, move your hands and / or blocks forward, bend into your right knee, lift your back knee, and step your left foot forward.
From Uttanasana, repeat on the other side.
Savasana (Corpse Pose)
When you stand up, take note on how your hamstrings feel. You might even notice that as you bend over to roll your mat or pick up your props, your legs feel more spacious. Enjoy this flexibility and come back to this routine any time your hamstrings need some love!
Written by: Christine Noonan
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