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Mind-Body Restorative Yoga

Beginner I
This class helps release deeply held tensions from the body with restorative yoga poses and clears the mind with a delightful Blue Sky meditation. With blankets supporting and creating comfort for our body, we will explore chest, shoulder and hip openers, twists, and a final, deeply restful Shavasana. All levels welcome. “We need a small space where we can take care of our nervous system and restore our tranquility and peace.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Relax
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armoniaecelestium
June 21, 2020
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This class was so wonderfully restful and just what I needed today! I can't wait to try some of your other classes soon. Thank you!

MaryRose Metcalfe
April 13, 2020
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Thank you Tianne, I love the gentle sound of your voice. For restorative practice I find this is so helpful.

ladygwyneth
March 29, 2020
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This was just a little too slow for me. I will look for another restorative class with a bit more movement.

SusieSLA
March 23, 2020
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A wonderful and soothing restorative class, thank you Tianne.:)

LabCat
February 2, 2019
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I'm very happy I did this practice this morning.

gmichaelw
January 27, 2019
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A gentle class but I wasn’t able to find the opening on this particular day.

Sharyl M
January 20, 2019
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Very relaxing voice and practice. Sadly, very hard to hear which was distracting for me as had to keep checking to see what was happening.

paulm.metcalfe@outlook.com
January 20, 2019
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I found it difficult to clear my mind and let go completely but I think I got about 75% there which was so beneficial. Tianne has such a wonderful soothing voice.

SarahViolet
January 19, 2019
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Just wonderful. Such a gentle yet effective opening of the whole body. I appreciate DYWM’s inclusion of restorative yoga practices. I didn’t understand it until I experienced it on this site and I’m so grateful.

Tina S
January 18, 2019
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The quietness was a little unsettling. But I came out of it very relaxed. I guess I needed it.

perfecta25
January 17, 2019
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Wow like a tranquilizer! Thank you - very relaxing - her voice too!

bnoodle
January 17, 2019
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A little more slow than my mind will let me go but I can see how this would be extremely relaxing!

mmsanford
January 16, 2019
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Very hard to slow down to that speed thanks for the guidance

Solacvert
January 16, 2019
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Tianne has a lovely and calming voice. I will do this meditative practice again.

juneonthemoon
January 15, 2019
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I’m feeling cool, calm, and collected at the end of my day today with this practice. Thank you.

debvmikev
January 15, 2019
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Ahhhh. I had no problem seeing that clear blue sky!

eloveland
January 15, 2019
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lovely and slow....would be great after a stressfull day

hanagalp
January 14, 2019
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Since I can't rest in these postures since they cause or aggravate migraines for me.

Francine P
January 14, 2019
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wow! I had a very good deep leep last night. I followed this session just before bed time and fell asleep on the mat. Tianne you have a very soothing voice.
Namaste

Mits
January 14, 2019
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This class helped settle my anxiety. Thank you.

Janed
January 13, 2019
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had a hard time staying awake...very relaxing

Kkbuckey
January 13, 2019
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I’m not good at relaxing but this gave me moments of very deep relaxation.

jenrrrr
January 13, 2019
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I loved doing the wonderful restorative class at this point into the 30 day challenge. So relaxing for a Sunday practice too.

kebeyer
January 13, 2019
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Wonderful relaxing class. Husband had a hard time staying awake!

tossa
January 13, 2019
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perfect for doing in the evening

Jimbob
January 13, 2019
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I felt the visualisation and style of emphasis on relaxation took away from an otherwise good class. I am aware that the type of metaphor used, of the sky and thoughts as passing clouds, is common in some popular mindfulness programs; however, it just doesn’t work for some people, and takes quite a bit of practice for others, even experienced meditators. This seems to be due to the fact that you need to visualise something (blue sky) and then do something with your thoughts when they come up (see them as like clouds). These are both cognitive manoeuvres, and as such are not in themselves relaxing but take some effort.

This type of “mindfulness” has some other problems as well. It is essentially a visualisation. That is, it uses cognitive processes to take us away from the body, and from the here and now. That can certainly be relaxing but seems at odds with the emphasis on body awareness and being present. I think the reason traditional Buddhist meditation training generally starts with the breath, and body is that it is very successful. It functions as a relaxing practice, and an insight practice.

I was also disconcerted by the instruction to identify with the boundless, empty blue sky. Outside of a well-structured tradition such instructions can lead to a pseudo religiosity, or a vague spirituality by inferring that one is some boundless essence. Whether this is the case or not is not the point, but in this context, it is not an experienced fact, but rather imagined, much like the blue sky. I believe that such instructions from someone in a position of authority, or who is seen as being knowledgeable can lead people to a superficial meditation practice. Thus, denying them the opportunity to more fully explore these matters.

More troubling is the fact that some people can spontaneously (without training) experience the dissolution of self, particularly in moments of relaxation. While it may be fairly rare for this to be triggered by an instruction in a yoga class, it can happen. Such experiences can be very frightening for people, and in some cases lead to psychological disequilibrium. My view is, don’t suggest people dissolve to emptiness unless you really know what you are doing (that is are a fully trained yourself), and you are in the room with them.

I did really like the placement of the blankets though and found this helpful.