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Showing posts from June, 2011

June 28, 2011 Restorative Series

Another incredible month of restorative yoga has flown by.  I echo the comment made in class that it just wasn't long enough and can we have another month!  Carmen did a fantastic job of leading today's class.  The sequence of poses and the breath are the inspiration to bring about balance and ease, and the Koshas (see article below) are the roads we must travel to the bliss.  I invite you back to this blog from time to time to see some of your favorite poses to try at home and poses that may be new to you.  Continue to integrate your Sankalpa into your life (see June 7th class for more information on Sankalpa).

Modified Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)
Props: 1 bolster, 2 blocks, 4 blankets, neck roll
Benefits:increases circulation and helps venous and lymphatic flow from the lower body; relieves swelling and fatigue in the legs; helps relieve muscular skeletal stress in pelvis; quiets the mind and can help promote ease in meditation and sleep
Lie on your back with your calves …

June 21, 2011 Restorative Series

Welcome Back to your place for all things restorative.  A big "shoutout" to Carmen for leading her very first restorative class.  She was calm, cool and collected the whole time.  She shares with you the poses from today, the breath, and some tips for finding your "relaxation" during the day and before bedtime. These poses all help with fatigue and insomnia which can be one viscous cycle if not kept in balance. Keep on keeping.......

Wide Angle Forward Fold Props: bolster, two blocks, 4 or more blankets, neck roll (optional)
Benefits: releases the pelvis which can help release tension in the buttocks, hips, belly and lower back.  Quiets the organs of digestion and elimination. Opens lower back area. Helps during menstruation.  And by tipping the uterus forward and away from the spine, frees the uterus from being pressed and congested by other organs. As head rests on bolster, releases tension in frontalis where we hold stress in contracted state relieving headaches. Q…

June 14, 2011 Restorative Series

What a wonderful class yesterday.  The time flew by fast and we weren't able to do all of the poses as planned.   Next week you will be in for a treat, as Carmen will be leading that class and the next one as well.   Thank you for sharing some of your reflections on the practice.  I will put together a short questionnaire at the end of the series if you would like to go into more detail.  Keep reflecting on your Sankalpa as you journey through this practice.  For those just joining us, refer to the June 7th class for more information on Sankalpa.

Supported Forward Fold with Chair Props: chair or table, blankets Benefits: calming, centering, good transition and break pose from the rest of your day, gently stretches lower back, good for headaches, easy to do and easily accessible. Breathing is easier since muscles of the respiratory system are relaxed. 
Chair: place a chair on front of you as you sit either cross-legged in front of chair, or straddle chair or even stretch out legs under…

June 7, 2011 Restorative Series

So glad that you could join us on this incredible journey of a restorative yoga practice.  I hope that your first class was one that sticks with you for awhile.  This is your site to find the poses from class, the breathwork, information on sankalpa and much more as we journey on.  Begin to incorporate a pose into each and every day taking even as little as 5 minutes a day.  What a difference true "downtime" makes.

Legs on Chair Pose

Props: chair, 2-3 blankets, neck roll, eye pillow Extras: Sandbag, Webkinz stuffed animals Benefits: relaxes the muscles of the lower back, legs, refreshes the legs, relaxes the muscles and organs of the abdomen.  Blanket on belly or legs.
Place a blanket on chair so you don't feel the hard surface.  If you need to elevate the body, you can place a triple fold blanket in front of chair, then place your hips on blanket to one side, swing the legs up onto the seat of the chair as you lower your upper body onto the mat or floor.  Use a neck roll to…