These classes are designed
for people dealing with illness, injury, medical
chronic stress or reduced stamina. They also are appropriate for individuals who are
healthy but wish to deepen their understanding of some personal condition,
more slowly and methodically. Irrespective of age or health, we all have
unique physical conditions that can impact our movements in postures as well as
in daily activities. These condition may be temporary or chronic.
The smaller setting of this yoga class allows for more personalized guidance where individual limitations can be respectfully challenged in a safe fashion. If a person has difficulty with a posture, the posture will be modified accordingly or even explored with a chair, if necessary. In this supportive environment, every person can develop greater body awareness and experience the immediate and numerous benefits of yoga. In the long term, a therapeutic realignment of body and mind can take place.
Each class concludes
with a quieting and centering experience which provides
more support to the system than other typical means of relaxation or even sleep.
The teacher for our restorative classes is David Jacobs, who is certified to teach yoga
in the therapeutic tradition of Krishnamacarya and Desikachar and has been teaching
for more than 15 years. David continues his education through an on-going
mentorship relationship with his own yoga teacher. David has also received
certification from Nischala Joy Devi, who was instrumental in developing the yoga
portion of both The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and the
Commonweal Cancer Help Program in
the Center of
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn
and teaches this program to students and to faculty and staff at