Mary teaching restorative

Restorative yoga is a great gateway yoga class for new students. It is often taught using several yoga props to support the body, allowing you to relax and let go. Poses are held for several minutes and students are encouraged to focus on their breath. Restorative yoga is gentle and accessible to all students. It's a great way to unwind from a long day, nurse an injury or illness, or nurture yourself when you're physically, mentally, or emotionally spent. Restorative yoga classes can also be classified as active restorative. Meaning, there may be longer holds and inversions. But don't let that intimidate you, there is always a version of the pose you can do! Even a yoga practice focused on rest can be a challenge, as it requires the student to slow down and focus on being still...which is not an easy feat with all the distractions in our lives.

All you need are a few props, which can easily be found around the house (stack of books or yoga blocks, some firm and dense blankets, a chair, and a yoga strap) or you can visit your local yoga store for advice on the best props for this practice.

Ready? Let's clear some space on the floor, dim the lights, gather your props and let Mary guide you through a short, but restful, restorative practice.

Want more of Mary? Don't miss her upcoming Restorative Yoga Workshop in December 2016.

By: Virginia A. Traylor