Restorative & Gentle Yoga
These classes are designed for people dealing with illness, injury, medical treatments,
chronic stress or reduced stamina. They also are appropriate for individuals who are
healthy but wish to deepen their understanding of some personal condition in an individualized setting. Irrespective of age or health, we all have
unique physical conditions, temporary or chronic, that can impact our movements in postures as well as in daily activities.
The smaller setting of this yoga class allows for more personalized guidance where individual limitations can be addressed 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 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 California. In addition, David has trained at the Center of Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and used to teach this program to students and to faculty and staff at Syracuse University.
For more information, call us at 445-4894 or e-mail David at info@upstateyogainstitute .