Turn tension and stress into spa-like bliss in a Restorative class. Lounging on supportive piles of bolsters and blankets feels luxurious and indulgent. But don’t forget about the benefits: Long-held restorative postures may allow your muscles to relax, your heart rate to lower, and your nervous system to let go. These classes are ideal for people with minor injuries, restricted movement, physical limitations—or stress (everyone we know). Expect to emerge with the kind of yoga buzz that perfectly preps you for deep, sound sleep.
Need a little extra TLC? Urban Zen® classes are the ultimate restorative for anyone recovering from an illness, injury or seriously stressful day. These classes, led by trained Urban Zen® practitioners, include restorative poses (relaxing, mostly prone positions, supported by props), reiki (energy healing work), breath awareness (mindfulness of the pace and flow of your breathing), healing oils for potentially mood-lifting aromatherapy, and meditation. Prepare to melt in both body and mind.
Yoga Tune Up®
Got aches and pains? Take your body in for a Yoga Tune Up®. These classes combine poses with corrective movement and self-massage. Using Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls, you’ll aim to unlock myofascial restrictions, improve body awareness and de-stress. The method, developed by Jill Miller, zeros in on potential catalysts for pain and injury by identifying so-called “body blind spots”—parts of the body that are overused, underused or misused. Leave this empowering self-care–focused class feeling more balanced, integrated and at ease in your body.
Working in is the new working out! Using different meditation techniques including guided relaxation, body and breath awareness in seated and reclined positions, you’ll cultivate mindfulness. While a physical practice offers more visible effects, the more subtle benefits of sitting quietly for even just a few minutes a day may have a greater impact on your daily life. Meditation has been reputed to do everything from improving sleep, focus and the immune system to ease anxiety, stress, depression and pain.