40 Days of Love - Day 8 - Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Winter on the island can be cold, dark, and lonely with nothing to do, especially come the weekend. But last winter, I discovered the best happy hour, just perfect for chilly, wintry evenings- candlelight restorative yoga. The first class I attended felt like a warm hug from a beloved friend I hadn't seen in a long time and missed dearly. It was a slice of heaven, and it was just what my body was calling for. The soft light of candles fills the room, you do about three to five poses supported by blocks and bolsters. It feels as though you are receiving a massage; the room is inviting, the music is soothing and the lighting is easy on the eyes. It's perfect for those that have had a stressful week, are injured, or who have never practiced yoga before. It's heaven on earth!
Your body is truly able to not only relax, but restore itself to its natural state. Regular stresses throughout our days can prompt our bodies' 'fight or flight' responses, throwing our bodily systems out of whack. This lovely yoga practice helps return the state homeostasis within the body. Homeostasis is when all of the systems in your body are functioning in harmony, and your body is able to heal itself, while you are able to think clearly and be at peace. If you're on Nantucket, make sure to check out Dharma Yoga's Friday night candlelight restorative yoga class at 5:30-6:45pm up in the Hayloft at Bartlett's Farm. I hope you'll get back to me and share the part you loved the most. If you're off island, there are plenty of places that offer restorative yoga, ask if they would be willing to do it by candlelight. Your body will thank you for it!
Also, Dharma Yoga Nantucket is having a restorative yoga workshop this Saturday from 1-3:00pm upstairs in the Hayloft at Bartlett's Farm. It's going to be delightful!
I would love to hear from you; have you tried restorative yoga before? What ways do you unwind? Maybe this is something you're willing to try?
Peace, Love & Hugs,
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