Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Online Ommmm....

Last night I decided to try Yogis Anonymous' free, online restorative class. I was very pleased.  The class was taught by Yoga Instructor Chani Nicholas with live music performed by Matthew Hufschmidt.

The experience was 90 minutes of bliss, in my pajamas, comfortably at home.  Some recommendations would be:

  • Make sure you carve out a full 90 minutes to allow yourself to enjoy this experience. Turn off the phone, ask your partner to watch the kids, and let your kitten out of the room (I learned this after my toes were bitten a couple of times during the Baddha Konasana Bound Angle pose.)
  • Have your props ready. The instructor used a bolster, several blankets, an eye pillow, a strap, and a couple of blocks, but she repeatedly noted that you can use whatever you have around the house: pillows, blankets, towels, a belt.
  • Be careful when you do the poses, as you do not have a trained teacher to watch you and to help modify your position. If anything hurts, stop.  Restorative yoga is more about the relaxation aspect. It's ok to feel a stretch, but if it feels like you are straining or working too hard, just back off and take it down a notch.
  • Really set your intention to release the monkey mind before you start. I didn't really do this, and I was probably about half way through the practice before I really let myself go.

I'd be delighted to hear about your experience with this or any other online yoga class.

Enjoy, relax, and restore.

Click here for the class.

Debbie aka Sulilo

I found the beautiful image of Supta Padangustasana at this blog, which also features free online yoga podcasts.

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