RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY: A Force for Healing
“Refuge is not running away but choosing what you want to move toward.” — Judith Hanson Lasater
Restorative yoga therapy incorporates passive yoga postures, breathing practices, meditation, mindfulness, deep relaxation, and self-inquiry to support a range of emotional conditions that include anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma, grief and loss. Restorative yoga is a safe and gentle approach to learning how to inhabit the physical body, to self-regulate the nervous system, and to realize within one’s self a safe form of refuge. We work to keep the nervous system calm and balanced by consistently engaging the relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system in order to support the healing process. Through the consistent practice of deep rest and reflection, we recover our sense of wholeness, balance and strength, qualities that are ever-present within us, waiting to be reclaimed.
YOGA THERAPEUTICS CLASSES
Yoga Therapeutics Classes are a melding of restorative yoga, mindfulness, psychology, and the art and science of relaxation. Each class is an exploration of yoga as a therapeutic antidote to unremitting stress and negative emotional states. In class, we are encouraged to slow down, do less, create space, and simply be with the shifting landscape of the mind and the internal sensations of the body. As we enter deeper and deeper layers of rest, we find that the body, mind, emotions, and nervous system gradually return to balance. A momentary taste of this kind of encounter unlocks our innate knowing for the need to return again and again. Extensive research has shown that relaxation practices like restorative yoga have tangible effects that include lower cortisol (a chemical messenger involved in the stress response), increased immunity, and improved emotional regulation. A sensitive and subtle practice, restorative yoga classes offer a deep dive into silence, stillness, rest, and being.
Winter Series: Yoga for Stress Resilience
Sundays: January 20 through March 31, 2019 (No class February 24)
3:30 to 4:45 pm
Location: University Family YMCA, 5003 12th Avenue NE (corner of 50th Street).
Classes open to all. YMCA membership not required. Register in person, via phone or online.