Restorative Yoga for Stress Relief
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This course is an introduction to restorative yoga. By taking this course you will learn postures and mindfulness practices that encourage relaxation and reduce stress.
Restorative yoga is a conscious mind-body practice best described as active relaxation. Restorative asanas (postures) have wonderful healing properties for those recovering from injuries, depression and life in general.
The course will take one hour to complete. Begin by reading about what restorative yoga is and then the first video takes you through a 45 minute restorative yoga sequence. Then there is a 6 minute body scan to get you in touch with your physical being. The fourth lecture is a breathing practice to continue soothing the nervous system. You can follow along each video by listening to the instruction once you are settled into a posture. Then finally a journal writing practice.
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|Section 1: What is Restorative Yoga?|
|Lecture 1||2 pages|
This documents explains what restorative yoga is and how it benefits your body.
In this video you will find gentle restorative yoga postures that help to open the heart and lungs. The body will soften into the support of many props to induce the relaxation response and creating a sense of loving kindness.
If you are new to restorative yoga I recommend reading the Restorative Yoga document before trying this video.
Suggested props: 2-3 blankets, 2 blocks, 1 strap, 1 bolster
Use this video as a way to get in touch with your physical body, scanning each inch of it exploring the colors, tensions, openness, and thoughts as they come up along the way. The beginning, middle, and end are in savasana (corpse pose), so enjoy the rest and explore!
Suggested props: 1 blanket
This video is an introduction to Nadhi Shodhana or Alternate nostril breathing. This style of breathing helps to balance the nervous system and can help reduce stress.
You can practice seated in virasana (hero pose) or suhkasana (cross legged seated posture).
|Lecture 5||2 pages|
After the restorative yoga videos sit with your journal and write down some of your observances from the sessions.
|Lecture 6||3 pages|
This summarizes what restorative yoga is and offers a daily evening resotrative practice.
Liza Laird’s teaching and coaching comes from her passion to enjoy and savor life. The philosophy Liza brings to her classes, retreats, workshops, and coaching is best expressed by her daily mantra, “live light, because everything is already okay.” She has found that these few words have the power to calm and clarify her mind. By experiencing life through the lens of this daily mantra, Liza is able to share this wisdom and help others achieve their brightest and fullest desires.
As a 500 HR Registered Yoga Teacher trained at YogaWorks and a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Liza has gained a wide range of knowledge from her teachers and continues to see herself as both student and teacher as she believes there is always more to learn. Liza’s approach to teaching yoga benefits from the powerful combination of yoga and psychology. She is intrigued by the intersection of eastern and western thought and through yoga psychology her classes provide a platform for yogis and students to find clarity on the mat that translates into day-to-day life.
Liza is also a Co-Active Coach trained at The Coaches Institute, the leading international coaching school. Through “Live Light” coaching, Liza offers support and accountability to those seeking to live to their fullest potential in business or personal life. Entrepreneurs starting a new venture, yoga instructors searching for ways to build their practice, and anyone seeking to cultivate a happier life benefit from Liza’s coaching.
Liza also enjoys knitting, meditation, collecting and making cool things with cork, traveling to remote and exotic places, and playing incessantly with her abyssinian, Ike.