Restorative yoga is a regenerative practice. This type of yoga holds poses for longer periods of time (usually five to ten) using supportive props like bolsters, blankets, and yoga blocks. Restorative is a relaxation practice that soothes the nervous system and incorporates the more meditative aspect of yoga. The postures are combined with supportive props, sandbags, and gentle breathwork to allow the body to release tension effortlessly and create a deeper sense of well-being.
Restorative is a mellow practice, and unlike typical western yoga, it concentrates on relaxing the muscles and resting the body. Some of the benefits include increased relaxation, improved sleep, better mood, reduced pain, and an overall sense of wellbeing. The mental health benefits of yoga are also well-documented. From reduced stress, anxiety, and depression to improved sleep hygiene and overall quality of life. This practice is accessible and beneficial to most ages and body types.
Yin yoga is a slower-paced, meditative version of the popular physical and spiritual discipline of yoga. In Yin yoga, poses are held for a long period of time (typically three to five minutes or longer) to target the connective tissues (such as the ligaments) rather than focusing on the muscles. We will utilize Asanas, which are more passive holds with little muscular engagement. Yin yoga is an all-level practice suitable for most body types.
Flow is a type of yoga that links movement and breath in order to attain balance of the mind and body. The Sanskrit word Vinyasa means “to place in a special way." This practice uses a deliberate sequence of poses and breathing to achieve a continuous flow. Inhalation is usually connected to upward, open movements, while exhalation is often tied to downward movements and twists.
Each flow class begins with breath work and mindfulness meditation. We then move through gentle opening postures to prepare you for strengthening and opening yoga postures. Each class will have one to two peak challenging positions to work towards, then we gently relax into Shavasana; a final relaxation. Suitable for all levels. Madi provides clear instruction and modifications for each individual’s needs.