About Cindy deJong, Instructor

These classes are perfect for beginners to yoga, those with some physical challenges, and all of us who just want the bliss of relaxation!

Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga which seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. The Gentle and Restorative Yoga class offers a gentle portion with a slower pace and postures that allow all participants to stretch and recognize what their body needs, in accordance with each unique individual body. The Restorative Portion uses postures that provide comfort and support to allow for a passive release of muscles and optimal relaxation. Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved. It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.

Restorative Yoga honours the innate wisdom of the body, mind and spirit as we slow down and take the time to witness the processes of all layers of the self. In a culture that focuses on 'doing' more than 'being' this class offers techniques to bridge that gap and bring us back home to the essence of who we are. Cultivate an awareness of self-care principles and an awareness of how our bodies respond to stress and realization. Allow your nervous system to unwind, restore optimal functioning and find freedom within. In this class you will develop the ability to respond to your body's needs and guide you to a deep relaxation response physically, intellectually and emotionally. Through mindful restoration and relaxation we arrive a place of deep inner calm, self-awareness and revitalization.

Please bring a yoga mat, cushion & blanket for Shavasana, however supplies are also available. Students are invited to bring water in a sealed container.

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