The word yoga means to yoke; to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Usually if we take the time to become aware of our bodies in a class, the body can calm down through the practice of proper breathing, while practicing the yoga poses. Incredibly, the mind calms as the body calms. This is what feels so good about yoga.
It is very difficult to explain this benefit to someone who has never done yoga before. And it actually takes several classes (at least 10) to really know whether this is something you are ready for. Other benefits include: better strength and flexibility, better balance, lower blood pressure, better sleep, and more efficient digestion, less stress, to name a few.
WHAT TO EXPECT I use several props in my classes to aid in practicing certain poses. We generally use mats, bolsters, blankets, straps and blocks in every class. Chairs are utilized as well. Many yoga poses can be done using chairs. I ask my students to be able to get up and down off the floor (with help, if needed). This ability is crucial for the aging process, so we practice it in my classes. I never ask someone to do a pose that their body is not capable of doing. Instead, I offer modifications to the student so that they get the benefits of the pose without risking injury. In short, I make it about YOU. I have worked with many students who have had knee, hip and shoulder replacements over the years, and strive to work within the limits set forth by the surgeons, PTs, etc.
I have been attending Angie's restorative yoga class for seven years. It has been a wonderful experience and has helped me to stay limber and active. I have been receiving massages from her for three years and have received some instruction in JSJ too. She is very conscientious and caring. I would recommend her highly. ~ Diana