Restorative Yoga is a quiet, supporting and deeply nourishing practice. Restorative poses are done by lying passively over props. Much like Shavasana or Yoga Nidra, it is a meditative practice, a receptive practice in which you continually let go of holding yourself up and allow yourself to be fully supported.
It is not about asking your body or your mind to do more…it is about undoing, letting go and being so quiet that you can perhaps begin to feel where you are holding and doing and allow this to be released.
NEXT FREE RESTORATIVE WORKSHOP sponsored by PROMINDFUL.org will be SUNDAY November 4th 2012 4-6pm MUST RSVP space limited
Thanks to Larissa for the following kind words about her first restorative class.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Restorative Yoga, Restoring the Spirit
I became aware of my heartbeat and the tingle in my fingertips, but not from a place of fear. I was a voyager in my own skin. There was no right or wrong. Everything simply was. And there is no greater relief than experiencing total self-acceptance.
At the beginning of the session, Carol encouraged us to pick a word in our mind to embrace. My word was calm. It manifested itself through joy…joy at being there, joy at letting go, of accepting my flaws and observing the world, for once, without criticism. To let everything simply exist. To free my mind as a result. Beautiful.
At the end of the session, we selected inspirational cards with messages that could, perhaps, match the “shift” we had experienced. My card said that the kingdom of heaven was inside me. I silently echoed Carol’s earlier sentiment, drawn from a poem: Every word we say reverberates through the universe.God is within us all, and when we express unkind thoughts toward ourselves or others, we are distancing ourselves from that deeper love.
Fortunately, that love is as accessible as we choose it to be…