Unwind your body and relax your mind from the the tensions of everyday stress. In this class, we will focus on practices that support relaxation through different strategies, very gentle yoga movement, meditation, mudra (hand positions), pranayama (breath awareness), yoga nidra (meditative sleep), and restorative yoga. A special feature of this class is Yin yoga, a style of yoga which focuses on stretching the deep connective tissue in the joints. Each pose will be held for approximately 4-5 minutes, enhancing a greater range of motion because of the lengthening of the connective tissue and increased circulation in the joints. Restorative poses are an important part of any long-term yoga practice: they heal the effects of stress, recharge our energy reserves, and bring our nervous systems into a more balanced state. Restorative yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters and straps are used to support the body which allows muscles to fully relax, the mind to quiet, and the spirit to experience peace and restoration. The class will end with a short Yoga Nidra or relaxation session, built around facilitating deep relaxation and rest through guided meditation while lying in a reclined restorative position. By the end of each class, you will feel relaxed, refreshed, and renewed.
Level 1 Yoga
This is a beginning level yoga class. Starting with an opening mediation to quiet the mind, you will connect with the body, spirit, and bring in a sense of peace. Then we will move through a gentle flow to release tension and increase range of motion. Class will continue with more challenging standing poses to strengthen your body, find balance, and increase focus, flexibility, and awareness. Restorative yoga props, such as blankets, blocks, bolsters and straps, are often used to support the body, allowing muscles to lengthen and release. The pace of this class is slower than the level 2 and 3 classes, focusing on stretching all areas of the body while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles.
A regular yoga practice will help to dissolve barriers that may have you stuck in limiting patterns, and open you to transform from the inside out. This class is designed for beginners and those looking for a gentle yoga practice.