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Unlike our active heat-building vinyasa classes that involve moving from pose to pose increasing strength and flexibility, restorative yoga involves slowing down and opening the body in a passive way. A series of stretching posing are linked together and held for a longer time to help you disconnect from the frenetic pace and burdens of daily life. It offers a welcome respite from turbulence and helps prepare the mind and body for meditation and deepened awareness.

In a restorative yoga class, movement is slow and gentle, practicing fewer poses, holding them longer and finding the ease within. During these long holds, the muscles relax completely, and props may be used to support the body. A restorative yoga class relieves stress and can serve as the perfect counterpoint to more active yoga practices. Our instructors guide you to produce conscious deep breaths, making it more possible to tolerate the changing stressful conditions of daily life. This restorative yoga practice is transformational for physical body and the way we experience life, and will eventually bring much more joy and peace to your life.

Restorative Yoga Poses

Poses in restorative yoga are similar to poses in other yoga practices, except these poses may be performed with the support of props. You will do a warm-up first, which may consist of a sun salutation or gentle vinyasa (movements forming a flowing sequence in coordination with the breath).

Each restorative yoga pose may be held for as long as 10 or 15 minutes. Common poses include:

  • Legs against the Wall -- performed with a bolster under the hips, back, or legs
  • Child’s Pose -- in which you tuck your heels under your hips and cradle a pillow or bolster with your upper body
  • Reclining Bound Angle -- with props under the legs, arms, and head
  • Savasana (Relaxation) – with your head resting on a pillow, your knees on a bolster, and your feet on a blanket

The body may be covered with a blanket for greater comfort during restorative yoga poses.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga

In a restorative yoga session, you will focus on breathing, mild stretches, and surrender. The idea is to feel completely comfortable with no distractions created by physical sensations. This practice has many benefits, including:

  • Increased flexibility, with no risk of overexertion or over-stretching
  • Deep relaxation, which fosters deeper sleep and better mental health
  • Balanced central nervous system and reduced cortisol levels
  • Improved metabolism and weight loss
  • Increased sense of well-being

Restorative Yoga at Red Diamond

At Red Diamond Yoga, our instructors are dedicated experts that are committed to sharing all they know of yoga, and helping students discover the deeper benefits of yoga for spiritual healing and release from life’s tensions and burdens. Your classes are YOUR time to connect with inner self in the way you need to make your life a better experience.

Your moments of challenge on the yoga mat help create greater awareness. These stretch classes may trigger sensations that are intense. They may not, but if that happens, in those moments, we invite you to practice calm, conscious deep breaths. This work of relaxing during moments of intensity enables us to tolerate the changing stressful conditions of daily life. If the sensations are too intense, you can choose to back off, use props, skip the pose or ask for a modification. This is your experience and we want you to enjoy it! Yoga should never hurt.

Classes at Red Diamond are geared to calm the nervous system and release the tensions that have built up in daily life. Yin Yoga is practiced primarily on the floor in resting postures with the support of props.

Students passively stretch to open joints, restore alignment, and energize deep connective tissues, and open the inner pathways to healing.

Yin Yoga: Restorative Classes

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