Those seeking relaxation, stress reduction or a deep stretch will enjoy the soothing pace of Gentle/Restorative classes. Props are used to support the body while focus is brought to specific areas, such as the hips, pelvis and spine. It is not unusual to hold supported poses for as long as 10 minutes, allowing muscles to relax while easing tension in the body. Breath work, meditation and deep relaxation are part of a gentle, restorative practice.
Gentle/Restorative is appropriate for students of all levels. Those new to yoga or experiencing pain and physical limitations will especially benefit from this practice.