Bliss Out with Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a practice for self-transformation that utilizes breathwork, slow movements, and long holds to help calm the mind, restore the body, and invigorate the spirit. A typical restorative yoga class will make use of props such as blankets, bolsters, pillows, and straps to aid in helping to hold poses for longer periods with greater ease. Because restorative yoga integrates many aspects of life—environmental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual—it’s one of the most powerful ways to obtain optimal alignment, reclaim your own fearlessness, and awaken your divine nature.

Refresh, Repair, and Revive with Restorative Yoga

Learn soothing and supportive poses that will allow your whole body to relax and release. Whether you’re in perfect health, overcoming an illness, or looking to enhance your athletic performance, restorative yoga is the perfect practice for you. At Gaia we have classes that fit any schedule so you can squeeze in a 15-minute a.m. routine, take a mid-day lunch break, or end your evening on the mat in deep relaxation. Restorative yoga is great to do daily or as a compliment to other asana practices.

“You know that ‘Ahhh’ sound you sigh when your butt hits the sofa on Friday evening after an arduous week? Yeah, that one. Restorative yoga can give you that feeling even if it’s Tuesday.”

Lisa Fierer

Top 5 Restorative Yoga Poses

Improve concentration, promote healing, and enter a deep state of relaxation with these simple poses.

Reclining Big Toe Pose/Supta Padangusthasana

Leg-Up-the-Wall Pose

Reclining Bound Angle Pose/Supta Baddha Konasana

Child’s Pose/Balasana

Corpse Pose/Savasana

"Practice Restorative Yoga and Reap the Benefits

Just think of it as the ultimate stay-cation.

Lisa Fierer
  • Ease Stress and Calm the Mind
  • Nourish Self-Love and Body-Acceptance
  • Find Refuge from the Modern World
  • Deepen Internal and External Awareness
  • Awaken Your Own Divine Nature
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Breathing Easy: How Restorative Yoga Can Chill You Out

There may not be an easy button for our lives, but restorative yoga is a way to help us make it all feel a little more calm. Daily life is full of stressors and often that stress lingers in our body for hours, months, even years after an event. Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, restorative yoga often utilizes many props including blankets, yoga blocks, chairs, bolsters, towels, and walls to support recovery and enhance relaxation. When a person over-exerts in a yoga pose they can cause injury or pain, but this style is all about giving your body, mind, and spirit time to repair in order to grow stronger. Learn five ways restorative yoga can become your “easy button” for life...

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“This is a wonderful practice. I am a restorative teacher, and never seem to take the time to indulge myself. Today I did, and man was it awesome!”


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Anjali Restorative Yoga: Radical Relaxation

Looking to release tension and ease back pain? Join Shannon Paige, founder of Anjali Restorative Yoga in this 27-minute practice for radical relaxation. In this sequence you’ll be guided with gentle moves that support and help lengthen the spine. Find vitality and renewal in this beloved signature progression that focuses on breath-to-body work. Let go and receive the grace before you. This class uses props including a bolster, eye pillow, and towel.

16 min.

Restorative Exercise for Foot Pain

Your feet are two of the hardest working parts of the body. Your posture, shoe choices, and even the way you walk can fatigue soft tissue like muscle and fascia. Join Katy Santiago in this 16-minute restorative yoga practice to enhance mobility and strength in the feet. Learn the foundations (including a brief anatomy lesson) regarding the foundation of the body and walk away with a happier stride. This class uses props, including a strap and half dome.

63 min.

Restorative Yoga for Deep Calm: Abridged Version

In this hybrid class you’ll enjoy a blend of restorative yoga and yin yoga. Join Rick Coe in this hour-long abridged version designed for any level yogi. Uncover a deeper calm, relax your whole body, and leave feeling grounded. You’ll hold postures longer, generally for five to 10 minutes, these longer holds help gently open and release tension. This class is accompanied by the sounds of crystal bowls that will balance and refocus the mind. This restorative yoga class uses a bolster, pillow, and blanket as props.


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