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Tackling Restorative

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Former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell joins Andrea Marcum for this delicious relax and renew practice. Keith used yoga and meditation as part of his rehabilitation after a neck injury during a game that left him paralyzed. He prefers a nurturing, replenishing practice to a sweaty workout and reminds us that there's nothing wimpy about adding a bit of yin to our yang.

Contraindications: Even with restorative practices it is important to listen to your body and modify or skip those parts that don't feel right. Pregnant ladies remember that twisting in on yourself is not the way to go. Twisting away from the mid-line and creating space is great. Also, sometimes lying on your back or on your right side after six months is not advisable for those who are pregnant.

Props: Blocks and straps are recommended, but can be substituted with books and belts.


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NicoleUrdang, posted on May 1, 2016

I still love this practice because it's not a traditional restorative sequence that typically involves bolsters, blankets and pillows (I adore those, too). Andrea starts with a yoga poses that feels gentle, yet move the spine in all directions. The second part is more traditionally restorative.

andreamarcum, posted on May 1, 2016

So pleased you keep coming back to this one after all this time! Keith and I had a good time and it brings back memories of my old studio where we shot it. Thank you for being such a dedicated practitioner and important part of our Gaia family! xx A

judypal, posted on January 22, 2016

I heard the audio just fine, but the video was stuck on the caution text page, while the instructor is moving the class into childs open as the opening sequence. Unable to take this class.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on January 23, 2016

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kncottrell, posted on January 16, 2016

As I suppose many people do at the beginning of the new year, I have begun the year with a very intense exercise regimen (for me), biking to and from work and going to Crossfit every day. This was the perfect complement to the intensity, encouraging me to slow down and give me body a little TLC . Nice stretching and very relaxing!

andreamarcum, posted on January 18, 2016

@NCOTTRELL I'm so pleased you are finding a balanced path in the new year! May it sustain you all the way through this new year of ours! Xx A

livingtolearn, posted on November 23, 2014

fabulous practice! My life is filled with a fast pace, constantly in motion, always working out life...my yoga is my restorative, is my home, my chance to connect to myself again and restore my body. This practice did this with flying colors! Wonderful! It may be snowing outside, but its sunshine in here :). Thank you.

andreamarcum, posted on November 24, 2014

Just love the thought of you creating sunshine in the snow! Thank you so much for practicing with me! xx A

Malloy, posted on October 5, 2014

Great gentle restorative session after a long day. Very relaxing and delicious as you would say!
Thanks so much~

andreamarcum, posted on October 14, 2014

So pleased you enjoyed this @Malloy! Always nice to have a tasty treat post long day :) xx A

andreamarcum, posted on July 16, 2014

@mrscheekyb SO glad you liked this! And Keith is certainly an inspiring figure to practice with, no? Beautiful in every way. xx A

mrscheekyb, posted on July 15, 2014

Just what I was looking for! Restorative poses leading to great relaxation. Thank you Andrea.

andreamarcum, posted on April 29, 2014

@NicoleUrdang couldn't agree more! xx A

NicoleUrdang, posted on April 24, 2014

Thank you.
It's so great to dial it back, sometimes, and allow the gifts of a slower, more contemplative and meditative practice to suffuse me.

andreamarcum, posted on March 16, 2014

@Bondiggity sooooo glad you liked it sister! xx A

Bondiggity, posted on March 13, 2014

This practice was luscious, delicious, fantastic, amazing! Can't wait to do it again!!! Thank you, Andrea!!!

andreamarcum, posted on March 4, 2014

@ariot So glad to hear this was healing! Do take great care of that back of yours, and thank you for practicing! xx A

ariot, posted on March 1, 2014

my gratitude for you and developing this practice. after a back spasm yesterday, and icing and heating, and nsaid's, this was the true remedy. i felt the release during supta baddha konasana, and the rest of the practice was delicious. namaste!

andreamarcum, posted on March 1, 2014

Wishing you much healing @joycenteryoga -- so glad you enjoyed the restorative! xx A

joycenteryoga, posted on February 28, 2014

The perfect practice while nursing my ankle injury. Thank you Andrea & Keith!

andreamarcum, posted on February 9, 2014

Happy to hear you are enjoying the restoratives from Basel to Belgrade @Hvaidyanathan @cecilija :) Thank you for practicing xxA

andreamarcum, posted on February 9, 2014

Terrific @tallyogagirl! Thank you xx A

tallyogagirl, posted on February 8, 2014

@andreamarcum HI ~ it is Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. A beautiful liberal arts college with approximately 1,300 students. My son is a student and football player and my husband is an alumni and former basketball player. I am so blessed to have this opportunity! I love it!

andreamarcum, posted on February 6, 2014

@strauss5marija @northrupni So glad to hear that this restorative practice felt good to you! xx A

cecilija, posted on February 6, 2014

Thank you!!!

Hvaidyanathan, posted on February 5, 2014

Very nice. I love this lesson. Just beautiful!

northrupni, posted on February 4, 2014

Lovely and completely relaxing. Just perfect....

strauss5marija, posted on February 4, 2014

very nice first time I enjoyed your class more, if you can make more of this, or to adapt yours to be sometines more slow, and easier t come into poses, to make variations, its jsut too dificult for me. thankyou for this beauty class, Namaste:)

andreamarcum, posted on February 3, 2014

Three days in a row @noelmanes -- so glad you are benefiting from the practice! xxA

andreamarcum, posted on February 3, 2014

@cici59 Really glad you liked it and that your clients too will be benefitting! xx A

andreamarcum, posted on February 3, 2014

@srock32 YAY! So glad you enjoyed. Hope the husband joins you too xx A

andreamarcum, posted on February 3, 2014

@meaneyedcat thank you for your feedback -- there are so many amazing teachers and practices here on My Yoga Online I am sure you will find your ideal

meaneyedcat, posted on February 3, 2014

way too much talking/commentary esp. since you are promoting meditation. It's ok to be silent.

noelmanes, posted on February 2, 2014

Excellent, have does this three days in a row. So rejuvenating, wonderful!

cici59, posted on February 2, 2014

Thank you Andrea that was just perfect.. I loved this practice hour. I take what I learn to my training clients for simple stretching and restorative poses, as they DO not do this for themselves.

srock32, posted on February 2, 2014

That was awesome! Just what I needed on this Sunday morning after a busy Saturday night waiting tables! Thank you and Namaste! Also thank you Keith for sharing your story, it was really inspirational. I'm hoping it will help my husband, who has chronic back issues, see the healing power if yoga, from a guys perspective, my telling him isn't working lol!

andreamarcum, posted on February 2, 2014

@tallyogagirl This is SUCH an amazing message! How great that you are inspiring your college athletes to do yoga! If you don't mind me asking, where is your college located? xx A

tallyogagirl, posted on February 1, 2014

I came across Keith's NFL story online today and then happen to land on this video too. I teach yoga to a local college football team. I was researching some inspiring stories to share with the football players that may still not be sure yoga is not just for women. Since they are in their "off season" I will have some new students that are brand new to the practice and will need some reassurance real men do yoga :) Keith is such a beautiful example of what I want to share with them. Your teaching is so gentle & nurturing. I wish I had 160 blocks and mats for each of the 80 players to be able to experience these restorative poses like you shared in this video. Thanks so much to both of you!

andreamarcum, posted on January 31, 2014

Thank you @CavemanBob! xx A

JaimeMYO, posted on January 31, 2014

@christyl99 @gloriusbtm Hi guys! Are you still experiencing issues? Everything should be up and running as usual now, please email support @ myyogaonline.com if you are having any further issues! -Jaime and the MyYoga Team

CavemanBob, posted on January 31, 2014

That was yummy.

andreamarcum, posted on January 31, 2014

@zazabere Cheers to a little mind reading! :) xxA

andreamarcum, posted on January 31, 2014

@bpinto Thank you Blanche -- I think all of us who love an intense sweat and athletic challenge benefit from the reminder that there needs to be a yin to our fiery yang sometimes ( I know I do) -- the competition you mention and society's pressures to constantly accomplish can make that hard to see, but people like Keith are dropped into our lives to remind us how important it is to nurture, restore and replenish too -- glad you enjoyed. xx A

montlake, posted on January 31, 2014

@andreamarcum I think that if a person is doing other kinds of exercise, it is easier to have an affinity to restorative. (Or if a person is elderly or not at all in shape.) Though I was totally inspired by his story, I'd bet yoga is not his only exercise. For me, yoga is my only exercise (other than running errands on foot, house cleaning, and occasionally dancing!) I personally need for my yoga practice to have a strong cardio element and challenge me because I am lifting weights, running, or doing any other sports whatsoever! And I like it that way! I feel can get everything I need form yoga alone!

bpinto, posted on January 30, 2014

All of us who have played sports to compete will appreciate this class . This is so good for all of us who have been injured one way or another. I really enjoyed it. IT will be one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing it with MYO. blanche.

andreamarcum, posted on January 30, 2014

@vegout totally agree -- I too hope this is a trend for athletes xx A

andreamarcum, posted on January 30, 2014

@Crazybookworm How cool! Do tell me how your baseball playing fiance likes it! Twenty five years of throwing a baseball has queued him up nicely for some restorative relief. xx A

andreamarcum, posted on January 30, 2014

@montlake You are so right! Keith's inspiring story and affinity for restorative practice is uplifting for us all. xx A

zazabere, posted on January 30, 2014

Oh ! Its like you are reading my mind ! Yesterday, after long day, I thought - I wish Andrea would also have like the "lighter" class , for evenings like that, when you don't have no more physical energy :)
Love this !

andreamarcum, posted on January 30, 2014

@anamaria1972 so true! xx A

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