Join Tara Lemerise for a luscious 2-hour Restorative Yoga experience.
Saturday September 28, 2-4 PM.
$35 in advance / $40 at the door. Members save 15% – email us for your discount code.
Teacher: Tara Lemerise
What if we trained our bodies to rest in the same way we train our bodies to be stronger in fitness classes? Tara’s unique style of teaching Restorative Yoga applies the concept of a circuit-style work-out to Restorative Yoga.
All of the bolsters, blankets and blocks required for Restorative Yoga postures are skillfully arranged into stations before you arrive so all you have to do is show up and rest. This profound, purposeful kind of resting can eliminate fatigue, expedite recovery from injuries, ease experiences of anxiety, and help you develop resistance to the impact of stress on your physical and mental health, plus so much more!
Members – email us for your discount code!
About Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. It is a completely different experience than most contemporary yoga.
The majority of yoga classes are an active practice in which you move from pose to pose, building heat and increasing your strength and flexibility in equal measure. The general trend in yoga is toward more athletic and acrobatic styles of practice.
During the long holds of restorative yoga, however, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It’s a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices (as well as our busy lives) and an excellent antidote to stress. Stillness is a powerful practice.
Clinical research into restorative yoga has found that it can decrease depression in cancer survivors; improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain symptoms in cancer patients; and help patients manage the toxicity of cancer treatments. (Source here.)
What to Expect in Class
Prepare yourself for deep relaxation when you attend a restorative class. Expect the teacher to arrange for the necessary props to be available for you. The lights may be dimmed and soft music played.
If it is chilly, keep your socks and sweatshirt on since you will not be warming up the body the way you would be in a regular class. In some poses, the teacher may even cocoon you in blankets for extra warmth and coziness.
After you are set up in a pose with all your props, you will hold the pose for an extended period, often up to ten or twenty minutes. Although you are supported, you will definitely still feel the stretching, which will probably help keep you awake.
You will continue to focus on your breath throughout. The teacher may talk you through meditation or play music, depending on their style. You may only do four or five poses over the course of an entire class.
At the end of the session, your body feels open and refreshed. You may even be a little sore the next day from the deep stretching.