Restorative yoga, a relaxing combination of restorative poses, gentle yoga, Pranayama, and guided or silent meditation.
Yoga therapy can benefit a wide range of people. From those looking for stress relief, suffering from chronic injury, mood disorders, back pain, insomnia, battling substance abuse, receiving cancer or chronic illness treatment, all the way to those receiving end of life care. Receiving therapeutic yoga does not require a diagnosis. Any student looking to achieve a particular spiritual, psychological, or physiological goal is a perfect participant. The practice combines Asana (poses), Pranayama (breathing exercises), guided meditation, deep relaxation, gentle yoga, chakra balancing, and more to create a deeply healing experience. (Also including Lifeforce techniques)
“A major component of the stress response system is the autonomic nervous system, which orchestrates the automatic or involuntary functions of the body, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, glandular and immune systems. “ “Of all the autonomic functions of the body, only one can easily be controlled voluntarily- Breathing. By voluntarily changing the rate, depth and pattern of breathing, we can change the messages being sent from the body’s respiratory system to the brain.”
The healing power of the breath by Richard Brown MD and Patricia Gerber MD