Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to find physical, mental and emotional relaxation. There are props oh so many props, bolsters, blankets, blocks and many more. I have been participating in several restorative yoga classes, usually when I am feeling extra stressed and have the need to be soothed. I have never left one of these classes feeling unfulfilled. I'm always glad that I went.
So, it was with some delight and trepidation that I was asked to be a regular teacher of a restorative class on a Sunday afternoon. I said yes of course, then silently inside had a panic attack. I have never taught one of these classes before and having a regular gig was just a little intimidating.
Thank goodness, I found a 30-hour training locally, what a godsend! This training is giving me a framework for developing classes and learning more of the philosophy of this type of yoga.
I have always said there are two prerequisites for doing restorative yoga, that is breathing and lying down! But it is so much more, it’s about surrendering and enlightenment. In some of the faster paced yoga classes like Vinyasa and Hatha it’s about finding your edge and staying there. Restorative is the complete opposite of this, it’s about finding your comfort level and relaxing using props or feeling support of the ground beneath you, it’s about meditation and slowing down in our fast-paced lives.
So off I went to teach my first class. 90 minutes…...whaaat!! That’s an awfully long time to fill. I had spent days putting together just the right mediation, researching restorative poses like a PhD student.
I was a bag of nerves when I arrived at the yoga studio, everything had to be right, the lighting, the music, the temperature of the room.
People started wandering in to take the class, yikes this is really happening I thought to myself. We all got settled, I took a deep breath, invited everyone to close their eyes and started with a soothing meditation. It was at that moment when I relaxed, threw all my expectations out of the window and decided just to be, just be present in the moment with my students and with myself.
The 90 minutes went by with comforting poses, feelings of trust and clarification and a deep support of the poses that were presented. I felt like I was in my element, I had found my thing, and I was and am eternally grateful that all went well.
Now onto developing the next class and hopefully many more.