Restorative Yoga is one of many styles of hatha yoga and is quite different from your mainstream flow class.
This style was built on the premise that resting, breathing and focusing the mind is health promoting.
During a Restorative class you can expect: to lay around in comfortable postures, breath slowly and be guided through relaxation exercises.
3 Benefits of Restorative Yoga
Every Tuesday in March I'm leading a virtual Restorative Yoga and Meditation class from 6-7 pm EST. Join us!
Restorative Yoga is also woven into Yoga Therapy and sessions for students who are interested. Send me a message to learn more.
If you have 5 minutes grab a journal, pen and sit in a place where you can focus. Sit with awareness. Write for 5 minutes on this topic, "5 things I notice about my body." Pay attention to body sensations, where emotions are felt in body, thoughts about body, body habits, etc. Try not to get lost in thought and instead be present in your body.
Simple yet effective practices like these bring us back home to ourselves. When we are connected with our body we live from a more grounded place.
In our family, gut health is at the top of the list when it comes to nutritional priorities. The more and more I learn about human health the more it points me back to the gut. One of my passions as a Yoga Therapist is working with improving Mental Health specifically. It's AMAZING the correlation between gut and mental health! I recently read the book "Fiber Fueled," about the benefits of eating a variety of plant based foods. It inspired me to take a recipe I make at least a couple times a month and give it an update. My kids love these and I feel great about serving these to them. They are a great source of healthy fat, plant based protein, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Let me know what you think about them!
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
2 and 1/2 c. rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
1 c. unsweetened sunbutter
1 c. natural peanut butter
1/2 c. freshly ground flaxseeds
1/2 c. vegan chocolate chips (mini work best but use what you have)
1/2 c. dried sweetened blueberries
1/4 c. chia seeds
1/4 c. hemp seeds
2 tbl. extra virgin olive oil (or avocado, etc)
1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Mix together by hand.
3. If time set in fridge for 20 minutes before rolling into balls. I find the oats soften a bit and I like the end result more.
4. If not, roll immediately into 1 inch size balls. Place in airtight container and store in your refrigerator. Lasts for about 2 weeks.
*This recipe makes approximately 35 balls. You may want to cut recipe in half if you are cooking for less people. *
When navigating the spectrum of yoga offerings you can take advantage of you may be wondering what the difference is between Yoga Therapy and having Private Yoga sessions. I'd love to shine some light on this so you can figure out what is best for you.