A Restorative Yoga Workshop TBA
Restorative Yoga Training with Stephanie Pafford (45 Hours Continuing Education). Prerequisites 1 year yoga
Friday 5-9 Aug 10
Saturday & Sunday Aug 11-12 12-6pm
Saturday 2-8:39 Sept 8
Sunday 12-6 pm Sept 9
Restorative yoga has best been described as “active relaxation” and is a method par excellence for attaining deep relaxation, tranquility and the many benefits of “de-stressing”. Using blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps, and other “props” to support the body, practitioners generally experience profound shifts in their nervous system, thus allowing a physiological shift to deep restfulness, calm abiding and well-being. Gravity does the “work” as the body progressively relaxes and softens. As this occurs, so do the signs and symptoms of stress, such as depressed or elevated moods, hypertension, muscle tension, digestive problems, high cholesterol levels, eyestrain, headaches and more.
Who Can Benefit?
Everyone! Whether you are a competitive athlete, marathon runner, or someone recovering from addition, a debilitating illness, or emotional upset, these modalities can benefit you immensely. They will “meet you where you are.”
Restorative Yoga is also very helpful for people who are working with the following situations:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Nervousness, Anxiety, Panic
- Sciatica, Muscle tension
- Over-achieving, Perfectionism
- Sleeplessness and Insomnia
- Autoimmune illness
Possible Benefits also include:
- Improved Posture
- Relief from Back pain
- Relief from physical exhaustion and Fatigue
- Relief from chronic stress related condition (insomnia, headaches, digestive problems, etc.)
- Better Resistance to injury
- Release of lactic acid and or other toxins from areas of accumulation
- Improved circulation, metabolism and immunity
- Lower cholesterol levels
Excerpts from “Relax and Renew” By Judith Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.
STRESS CAN MAKE YOU SICK – Stress begins with a physiological response to what your body-mind perceives as life-threatening. For our ancestors, this may have been defending against the aggression of a hungry animal. For modern-day humans, this may be living with the fear of losing a job in a sagging economy, or the health crisis of a family member. Whatever the stressor, the mind alerts the body that danger is present. In response, the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, secrete catecholamine hormones. These adrenaline and noradrenalin hormones act upon the autonomic nervous system, as the body prepares for fight or flight. Heart rate, blood pressure, mental alertness, and muscle tension are increased. The adrenal hormones cause metabolic changes that make energy stores available to each cell and the body begins to sweat. The body also shuts down systems that are not a priority in the immediacy of the moment, including digestion, elimination, growth, repair, and reproduction. These adaptive responses have been positive for the survival of the human race over thousands of years. For our ancestors, a stressful situation usually resolved itself quickly. They fought or they ran, and, if they survived, everything returned to normal. The hormones were used beneficially, the adrenal glands stopped producing stress hormones, and systems that were temporarily shut down resumed operation. To his detriment, modern man is often unable to resolve his stress so directly, and lives chronically stressed as a result. Still responding to the fight or flight response, the adrenals continue to pump stress hormones. The body does not benefit from nutrition because the digestion and elimination systems are slowed down. Even sleep is disturbed by this agitated state. In a chronically stressed state, quality of life, and perhaps life itself, is at risk. The body’s capacity to heal itself is compromised, either inhibiting recovery from an existing illness or injury, or creating a new one, including high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, immune dysfunction, reproductive problems, and depression. these conditions add stress of their own and the cycle continues.
David Spiegel, M.D., author of Living Beyond Limits, reports, “In medicine, we are learning that physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, can be influenced by psychological interventions, such as relaxation training. Indeed, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report recommending these non-drug approaches as the treatment of choice for milder forms of hypertension. Mind and body are connected and must work together, and this should be a powerful asset in treating medical illness.”