What is Restorative Yoga?
Dawn Bentsen leads a weekly Restorative Yoga class at The Bindu. In this guest blog, she explains what Restorative Yoga is like, and what led her to want to teach this special practice. Enjoy!
A Healing Practice
Restorative Yoga is more than relaxing and opening the body and mind — it is a healing practice dedicated to instilling more compassion towards ourselves.
What to Expect
What can you expect from attending a Restorative Yoga class led by me? We begin with breath meditation (Prana Dharana), mantra of Om, and personal dedication to your practice. Then we move through some gentle warm ups, moving on the breath and beginning to extend our exhalation. For the main body of the class, all poses are supported by the creative use of props under and around the body, allowing the practitioner to completely and totally relax into the pose. The main body of class incorporates twists, inversions (head lower than the heart) and restorative poses to stimulate the apana vayu (located in the pelvis governing elimination, downward & outward movement) and samana vayu (located in the navel center governing assimilation, discernment, inner absorption, & consolidation). We complete our class with Savasana, a mini Yoga Nidra and 31 or 61 point guided meditation, all with the intention of healing.
Why do we feel so good after a Restorative Yoga class? Yes, we may have had the opportunity to drift off and perhaps catnap, but the true essence, if practiced correctly, is the vinyasa krama (intelligent sequencing) which plays with the apana and samana vayus; and pranayama (breath control), which not only calms the parasympathetic nervous system but also changes the energetic landscape of the mind.
Always at Rest
Having had the opportunity to study and become certified in Restorative Yoga by Judith Lasater, Ph.D. in 2012, I wanted to weave more of the teachings from the Sri Vidya tradition into my class to remind students of the unchanging part of themselves that is always at rest and joyful.
Join me Sunday nights 6:30-7:45 to reconnect with the part of you that is always at rest!
Om Shanti Om,