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First Restorative Yoga, Then Foundation Yoga

It’s easy to put self-care on the back burner during the holiday season when everyone else’s wants & needs are front & center. But, the better you take care of you, the better human you will be as you navigate the crazy weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The YMCA is offering two opportunities for you to practice excellent, and timely, self-care through yoga.

Kate LaSpina will lead a Winter Restoration yoga class on Monday afternoons in December. This class usually involves just a few poses that are supported by props that let you truly relax and rest.  How dreamy is that?  All you need to do is wear comfortable clothes and bring an open mind.  You many notice that, on the nights of class, your sleep is amazingly sound & deep.  That’s worth your time right there!  Other benefits may include soothing the nervous system, increased mindfulness, heightened body awareness, deepened self-awareness and a feeling of goodness in your heart and about your world.  

In January, Heather Freeman will lead a 4 week Foundation of Yoga class on Sunday afternoons.  This class will help you put philosophy into practice as you bring in the New Year and set your intentions for 2019.  According to Heather, each class will involve a philosophical conversation, and an hour of yin/restorative postures to dive into your own practice to apply the principles addressed.  A Yin yoga class usually involves a series on passive floor poses that involve the lower body-hips, pelvis, inner thighs, & lower spine.  The poses are held for up to 5 minutes, sometimes longer.  This practice is another way for you to find your calm, reduce post-holiday stress and anxiety, improve flexibility, increase circulation and more.  After working with Kate and/or Heather, you can take some of your new self-awareness and apply it to your regular yoga practice.

Remember the old adage that in an airplane emergency you have to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others to do the same?  Think of this one hour a week as your holiday oxygen mask; put in your hour of restorative or Yin yoga, then gift your sense of calm & joy to others in 2019.