Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 7:15 to 8:30 pm (calendar says 7, come before 7:15 to set up) with Stacey Duquette
Restorative Yoga provides healing and deep relaxation for body and mind. This is a slow paced class comprised of fully supported yoga postures, guided breathing and relaxation techniques. The use of props such as blankets, blocks and the wall allow for the postures to be held for several minutes. The result is a calm nervous system, reducing the effects of stress and stimulating our natural ability to heal and care for ourselves. This class is suitable for all levels, no prior experience of yoga is needed. (If you have physical limitations or challenges and you are not sure if this class is for you, please call before registering, for support! 413-525-9720)
Scientists have researched the effects of relaxation and report measurable benefits, including reduction in muscle tension and improved circulation. Common to all stress reduction techniques is putting the body in a comfortable position, with gentle attention directed toward the breath. In 1934, Edmund Jacobson, M.D. wrote You Must Relax about the benefits of his progressive relaxation techniques. He reported success in using his approach to treat high blood pressure, indigestion, colitis, insomnia, and what he called "nervousness." Herbert Benson, M.D., coined the phrase "Relaxation Response" to describe the physiological and mental responses that occur when one consciously relaxes. InThe Wellness Book, he defines the relaxation response as "a physiological state characterized by a slower heart rate, metabolism, rate of breathing, lower blood pressure, and slower brain wave patterns." David Spiegel, M.D., author of Living Beyond Limits, reports, "In medicine, we are learning that physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, can be influenced by psychological interventions, such as relaxation training.