Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quilts and Yoga

These are just three of the many quilts I have made over the years.  As a matter of fact there is one quilt waiting to be quilted and another that is still being pieced together.
Living in sunny south Florida where we may get to use blankets a handful of times each year this seems like a silly hobby huh?  There is something magical about the ability of a fabric engineer, which is what I like to call myself, to assemble the shapes and colors.  I have one fun quilt at the cabin that is a bunch of multicolored snakes slithering together with googley eyes.  The kids really love that quilt not as much as I do though.
What does this have to do with yoga you may ask…I took Harley to a Restorative yoga class last week.  This is an amazingly relaxing and beautiful way to experience the benefits of asanas, yoga poses, and getting in touch with your breath, which is the key to any great yoga experience.
With Restorative yoga you relax into asanas fully supported by props, like blocks, bolsters, pillows, and blankets.  The instructor helps you move into the position and anywhere there is stress on your body a prop is put in place to help support you.  This gets the student to the edge of their flexibility without stress to the joint or muscles.   Then the student relaxes into the position for several minutes.
Our society is changing, slowly; relaxing is becoming more sought-after for the physical as well as psychological benefits.  A body in constant stress reduces its ability to cope with shallow breathing, tense muscles, heightened blood pressure, slower metabolism, and muscle tension.
I had never experienced a Restorative yoga class before this and we had an amazing experience that I would recommend to everyone, no flexablity required just a desire to relax.
I was told by the yoga instructor of a class she taught with a student in a wheel chair.  Her family would bring her to the studio take her out of the wheel chair and lay her on a yoga mat and Danielle, the instructor, would move her into the postures.  The student loved the class and her family said she was noticeably more relaxed and happy after a session.
The class I took was very reasonable $16.00 for 1 ½ hours of peace, slower heart rate, full breathing, lower blood pressure, slower brain waves, you may remember the feeling, it’s called relaxing on purpose.
God Bless,
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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