Restorative Yoga: Letting Go Through Stillness and Stretch

Beginner I
If you would like to take a class that is relaxing, calming and full of gentle stretching, then look no further. Do this Restorative yoga class before bed, just after work or in the middle of the day. You will sleep better, focus more easily and feel a warm relaxation spread through your body. Note: to learn how to make your own bolster at home, click here.
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jane_ware
jane_ware
January 24, 2022
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This is a delicious class which I did at bed time so perfect way to unwind and feel comforted. I loved the gentle stretches up the wall, using the bolster and especially love the reclining spreading shoulders over the edges of the bolster and legs in a frog position- it feels so opening. The final guided relaxation with extra comfort of cushions under thighs and head, with the visualisation of being rocked in the bottom of a rowing boat looking at the multitude of stars was so soothing,freeing and awesome in the true meaning of the word. Thank-you David. Your voice is mesmerising.

Virginia Rego
Virginia Rego
January 13, 2022
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Loved the class and enjoyed the three distinctive sections. The poses were long enough for me as usually I don't hold for as long as might be more beneficial for me so this was good!

David, I have a question. During the legs up the wall when we were in the figure-4 pose you cued to push against the knees - usually we're cued to not push directly on a joint so wondering if I could cue this as to press slightly above the knee on the thigh, or is on the knee directly an essential part of the pose?

JMacDee
JMacDee
October 30, 2020
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So relaxing, thank you. I must get more props for next time!

Sooz03927
Sooz03927
September 3, 2020
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Wonderful class. I was looking for something relaxing but longer than 36 minutes, but decided to try it. It seemed so deliciously long that I figured I must have misread the time. It seemed like a wonderfully relaxing hour, so will be a great go to before bed practice.

Clairemorgan
Clairemorgan
August 14, 2020
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Great class as always. Poses could be held longer - I feel it disrupts me to pause/play - I just like to be led :) but what I hugely appreciated was the absolute absence of the mention of 'menstruating'! I know poses have related contraindications or benefits but I suffer PMDD so the verbal association I find in most restorative classes, does not aid relaxation for me.

Foxy Roxi
Foxy Roxi
August 1, 2020
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Thank. you David and all who made this video accessible. A lovely class, David you have a wonderful way of reminding me, how to let go and relax. Namaste

Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
August 5, 2019
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Hello David,
I've been away for some tIme with diagnosed lumbago which was very painful and restricting, but now I'm back :-) and after finding this class I'm addicted to it. It helps my flexibility, pain and overall well being feeling. I have a question thou, is there any other class you can recommend before or after this class for days when I want to practise for longer? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Glad to be back with you and the DYWM team, Gillian

Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
August 6, 2019
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Hi David, yes a class similar to this one would be great. I'm an absolute beginner and my back is an ongoing issue. I am still having the annoying lumbago symptoms although better than it was. After this class it seems to loosen up and I have more movement and less pain/stiffness. I wouldn't want to over do things but would like to keep it going a little longer sometimes. What do you think?
Many thanks for your time and help, Namaste :-)

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
August 6, 2019
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I feel like your best approach would be to choose 'Restorative' under Style on our Yoga Classes page. That will give you all of the classes that are similar in approach to this one. Then you could choose the one that sounds like it may be most beneficial for you. Does that make sense?

oakhazel
oakhazel
November 13, 2018
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Thank you - I really enjoyed this lesson. Perfect pace and instructions.

jessicamager@mail.usf.edu
jessicamager@mail.usf.edu
September 27, 2018
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I really benefited from the release and letting go, however I definitely would appreciate a slower version as well. I paused the video several times because I felt like I needed to hold the some of the poses longer. The music didn't bother me. Awesome class!

Irishlove
Irishlove
July 12, 2018
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Wow, I really felt a powerful release with this class. Thank you so much!

The ending Shavasana with the visuals you brought in were spot on amazing and really brought tears of release to my soul (and physically, as well).

It's a deep stretch that mightn't suit complete beginners or those with any mobility issues, which makes it more powerful for me.

On day 74 of 365 yoga sadhana and this was what my body craved!

Namaste from Ireland.

Alatiel
Alatiel
February 11, 2018
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While I do agree that we should get a heads up on the blankets and pillows needed, I usually keep those things close by, so it wasn’t too big a deal. I feel super relaxed after this class, and I really liked all of the poses with the legs up the wall.

Dbivers
Dbivers
January 13, 2018
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I did not care for this class as I felt rushed in the poses. The poses were fine, themselves, but I personally prefer a slower paced restorative class that holds the poses for longer than 1 minute.

jaxon7au
jaxon7au
January 4, 2018
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Amazing class! It really helps with my back issues and my sore legs. I love how it is easy to follow by the audio prompts and the relaxing music.
Thanks a lot :-)

DustySu
DustySu
December 2, 2017
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Thank you! Just what I needed today! YAY!

Trudywalker5@gmail.com
Trudywalker5@gmail.com
September 5, 2017
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I just love this class, Can you do another similar but longer? Love the wall poses all so fabulous!!!!!

anniebell
anniebell
June 25, 2017
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Fantastic class. After a busy weekend I had very little energy for anything but a restorative class.
This was perfect for me today- right length, right pace. Thank you so much.

TaraSnowdrop
TaraSnowdrop
April 11, 2017
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Thank you David for another wonderful class. It was really relaxing and I was able to really deeply let go. Very healing. Thank you

On a practical note, it's probably best not to wear a bra for this class, so you can arrange your breasts over the bolster for maximum comfort!

paulamccarty830@yahoo.com
paulamccarty830@yahoo.com
January 11, 2017
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I loved this, especially the forward bend with the high pillows. It felt wonderful and was just what I needed. Thank you!

ralenti
ralenti
January 4, 2017
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I really did not like this class. I just finished it and I'm wondering if I should just do another class because I don't feel any different. The music was too loud, as some of you already pointed out, but I also could not get into the wall position. Some of the positions I could not do because there wasn't enough wall, and I did not know before hand that I should make room for this.
My biggest problem with the class is that we are told that we need a bolster or a stack of blankets and that we need a strap. Half way through we find out we need several stacks of blankets, several pillows and a strap. So half way through I started searching through my room in need of more pillows and blankets. This was not relaxing at all.

khepworth
khepworth
June 13, 2016
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Amazing!! I didn't feel like doing yoga but felt really bad at work - now I feel sooooo much better and can finish the day

JudithAnne
JudithAnne
May 1, 2016
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Thanks so much for this, it is perfect. Just what I needed after a week filled with vigorous exercise. I will be returning to this many times.

Trudywalker5@gmail.com
Trudywalker5@gmail.com
April 17, 2016
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I have lower back issues and lovvvvvvvve David's classes. Your gentle and encouraging voice and wonderful stretches always makes my back feel better . I love the wall stretches
Once again you nailed it David!
Peace and love

GKMiles7
GKMiles7
January 26, 2016
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Perfect for this time of year when it seems like everyone's getting hit with some sort of virus. It felt good to move in such a gentle kind of way. Loved the cuing David, you're great at what you do!

thisheatherdavis
thisheatherdavis
January 2, 2016
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I have to agree with others about the music. I like your meditation guidance but the music volume is distracting. Also i feel like I need to invest in a bolster because the blankets on my breasts was really uncomfortable. Couldn't find a spot where it wasn't painful so it took away from most of the class.

VickyT
VickyT
December 22, 2015
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Thank you David for this wonderful class! At the final relaxation partI started crying during you guidance!
I'm grateful I discovered this gem of a class!!!

Gebta
Gebta
October 4, 2015
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I really like the poses in this yoga class the voice beautifull calm and good instruction. But I switch it off when I came to savasana because of the music. Why do you call it stillness? I really don't understand.

CarrieAF
CarrieAF
June 24, 2015
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This is a great website! i learned about it at a recent retreat on Salt Spring Island. I just finished the Stillness and Stretch class and loved it however - I only had audio, not video. The cue-ing was great so I could follow along but it would be nice to see the layout for the bolsters for the forward bend. Can someone looking this? THANK YOU so much for creating this - living in rural areas its hard to get to a class, but this is perfect! Yoga ANYTIME and any class that suits my need:)

ejanedelong
ejanedelong
May 18, 2015
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I did this class when I came down with a virus and it helped me bounce back the next day with plenty of energy. Now I do it whenever I need to recover from physical or emotional stress. Usually I fall asleep before the tape ends and wake up feeling refreshed and energized. Thank you so much!

Kostenko
Kostenko
April 17, 2015
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Love love your classes! Thank you many times over, Your student

blickhouse
blickhouse
March 11, 2015
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I also want to thank you David, this was my first time trying a class here and it was just what I needed. What a beautiful Savasana, tears streaming down my face... I will come back to this practice many times in the future, I can use a lot of letting go. :)

jennydyring
jennydyring
February 27, 2015
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Like the previous commenter, I'm just recovering from a 12 day stint of the flu. I wanted to get back into yoga, but not any 'inversion' stuff or rigorous stretching. This one was just the shot! Very gentle, relaxing and detailed instructions throughout. I'm hoping it gets my swollen lymph system moving again. Thanks very much David.

Monroe333
Monroe333
January 28, 2015
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I often use the image of floating along in a boat in my life through any difficulty. This time it was in the middle of a day off from work because I've been sick with bronchitis. I felt like I'd started to turn the corner and watched this class. The shavasana felt like it was written especially for me. Thank you. I will return to this one again for sure!

Chris D.
Chris D.
December 13, 2014
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Hey David,

Thank you for that great class. I really enjoyed the music combined with you calming voice.

Could you let me know what this song is called? Would love to listen to it more often...

Thanks and namste!
Chris

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
December 21, 2014
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Hi Chris.

The music in this class is by Temmy Lewis. You will be able to find his albums by doing a search online.

Cheers,

David
DoYogaWithMe.com Founder

heyandra
heyandra
December 3, 2014
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The most amazing part of this video is the final relaxation phase. The first time I did this video, I felt on the verge of lucid dreaming during this beautiful savasana. The second time was quite different and much more emotional as I felt tears rolling down my face. I'm so happy that I found this video and I'm looking forward to doing it again. I wish I could find more videos with such wonderful and inspiring guidance during savasana. It would be a great release and a great exercise for the mind especially at the end of sessions that are intensive and challenging for the body. Please do more of this! I'm so grateful for your free yoga videos and I've become addicted to this site in the past weeks. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

K Elliott
K Elliott
October 28, 2014
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That was absolutely lovely. Thank you so much for providing such beautiful and quality free yoga.

Odonnellml
Odonnellml
October 17, 2014
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I can't help but feel the love. Now and forever. Peace.

RoxL
RoxL
September 16, 2014
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Thanks David for this great class, everything in the class description is true: gentle stretching and a lot of relaxation. I was already tired when I started the class but actually felt more energized during the first half of it against the wall (fearing I wouldn't fall asleep that easy after all), but the part on the floor really relaxed me, and in the end, I litterally let go through stillness, translate: fell asleep at the end of the relaxation part, on the floor, to wake up two hours later and finish the night into bed ! ^^

Renlec
Renlec
July 21, 2014
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I have been doing this class now every night for a week. This is my first foray into yoga and I have to say I absolutely love it. Not only does it make me feel super relaxed and centred but it stretches out all my previously extremely tight muscles and is increasing my flexibility gently. It's also great to do after an exercise class as it relaxes your muscles and you don't hurt the day after as much. I love listening to the meditations as well and can not believe how much better I feel since starting this. I am a true convert and tell everyone about the site.

Keep up the great work David and thank you for helping me restored balance, perspective and focus in my life.

thebiggestgrrl
thebiggestgrrl
February 3, 2014
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Great class. Definitely relaxing and great for before bed.
David, it would be helpful to know all of the items needed for this session. The extra blankets, pillows, etc. before getting into the session. Thanks!

sae
sae
February 18, 2014
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This entire session was wonderful,and I particularly loved the relaxation portion. I finished with a big smile! Thank you for sharing!