Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga & Simply Sounds

with Carol and Gary Posner Sunday January 23rd 330-5pm

Come Rest…It is Water Element in Chinese Medicine (Winter Season) and a time to tune your attention inside and restore with healing poses and deep listening. As we transition into Winter we witness Mother Nature also going inward to hibernate so she can restore and renew for the Wood Element of Spring time. Carol will lead us Gentle Movement/Chi Gong and Restorative Poses while Gary accompanies us with Healing Sounds. Then we will rest, deeply rest and restore and renew. Sound Baths have been shown to reduce stress, enable deep relaxation, enhance creativity, possibly uplift the spirit and help with insomnia. Sound Meditations slow down your brainwaves and guide you into a deep meditative state or altered state of consciousness. Students will be totally relaxed as they are “immersed” in the sounds, vibrations and harmonics of the instruments. Gongs, Himalayan bowls, crystal singing bowls, tuning forks and shamanic percussion instruments are played in a clinically tested, therapeutic sequence to enhance the healing benefits of both restorative poses and sound healing. Come join us.Come restore. Space limited.

PLEASE Bring 1 or 2 YOGA MATS/PROPS  2 blankets 2 bed pillows or a bolster and 2 blocks (plus eye pillow if you wish). You will be laying down for an hour so extra comfort will enhance the body’s ability to Rest More!


New All Levels Harmony Yoga Class offering Thursdays 6-7pm 
A Dance Space
Stamford Town Center
100 Greyrock Place
5th floor
Harmony Yoga is SO excited to collaborate with the Ballet School of Stamford once again!
Trial Class happening in a gorgeous new dance space Thursday Jan 27th 6-7pm $25
Feb Session Thursdays 2/3 10 17 24 6-7pm $100 Please bring your mat, (2 blocks and yoga blanket if you wish) and come explore decreasing tension in your body and increasing joy with Carol Shwidock’s signature 5 Elements Yoga Classes. No yoga experience needed. Carol, after 20year of teaching yoga and 25 years as an Occupational Therapist, will create the class based on who is in the space and what the needs are. So whether you have tight shoulders and hips or are feeling stress in your mind, you will surely feel calmer and more open after class. for all the details/sign up
CHI GONG/Gentle Yoga Wednesdays 930-1030am starts Wed Jan 19th 
Have you wondered about Chi Gong and how this gentle practice can serve to open your body? Chi means Energy and Gong means work. This energy work is a great way to gently move and breath and open the issues in your tissues. In this class we will do seated and standing Chi Gong and gentle movements to decrease tension and increase the energy in your mind, body and spirt. You will leave class feeling rested and open to ride the waves of your days with greater ease. Sign up





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.

1100 High Ridge Road (up the back stairs at Noelles)

Thanks to Larissa for the following kind words about her first restorative class.

Restorative Yoga, Restoring the Spirit

The last time I took a yoga class was my freshman year of college; (does that even really count)? Squinting under the gymnasium lights, I felt like I was in a dentist’s chair. I became so anxious I had trouble finishing the “meditative session,” gulping air as quietly as possible while everyone around me seemed half-asleep. The experience became a joke with my family and friends: only Iwould feel anxious doing yoga!My redemption was Carol Shwidock’s restorative yoga class. To put it succinctly: take a spa day with the girls, add a little self-guided meditation and voila! Deep relaxation, only youare in control of working out your physical (and emotional) kinks. Or, as Carol puts it, “Welcome yourself to yourself.”After a brisk warm-up, we were led through several relaxation poses, including my favorite, the child. What I found so magical about the experience was that we were encouraged to observe our behavior–not judge it. For instance, was our mind quiet or busy? How were we breathing?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…Namaste. 😉 July 2011