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Restorative Yoga

Restorative poses help relieve the effects of chronic stress using props to create a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. Restorative Yoga is taught as part of the Iyengar Yoga System.

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Asana Sequences

A deep dive into cooling restorative forward bends at the end of the summer. 
This 75 minute All Levels Restorative Sequence is adapted from B.K.S. Iyengar's book, Iyengar Yoga, The Path to Holistic Health to be accessible to all levels. This is an excellent sequence to reduce physical fatigue. Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media.
This 75 minute all levels Iyengar Yoga class, includes Restorative Poses and preliminary pranayama and breathwork. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Classes & Workshops at iHanuman.com.  Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used.   
This all levels Iyengar Yoga Class is a 75 minute restorative class recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Workshops and Classes at iHanuman.com. Restorative classes require more props than most yoga classes and this class recommends the use of the wall, 2 blocks, a chair, a strap, several blankets and a bolster or cushion. This relaxing class is dedicated to the beginning of the spring and is a sequence to supporting fertility from Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health.  
This sequence is modified from BKS Iyengar's book, Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health. This sequence was modified to be accessible to all levels and can be practiced in 75 minutes. The standing poses at the beginning of the sequence are practiced with the support of a wall behind you, if possible. Anxiety can be destabilizing and ungrounding, so the support of the wall provides stability. Use as much support as necessary for you for the other poses included in the sequence. If you have any questions about the sequence, please refer to Mr. Iyengar's book or feel free to contact us.
From B.K.S Iyengar's, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, this sequence is the perfect antidote to the heat and outdoor activity of summertime. The sequences in this particular book are long sequences and often take at least two hours. If you are newer to yoga or only have one hour to 75 - 90  minutes for yoga, practice the sequence until Bharadvajasana I or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Downward Facing Dog. If you are a more seasoned practitioner and have 2 hours, complete the entire sequence for a luxurious restorative yoga practice. Enjoy!

Journal Post

I taught a sequence for anxiety in my monthly restorative class this past week. The supported version of Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Formation Pose - shown below) was included in the sequence. I adapted this week’s sequence of poses from BKS Iyengar’s Book,Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health. The original sequence is about 2-3 hours long - perfect for a therapeutic session, but I adapted this one to make it accessible to all levels and to fit into a 75 minute class.
In Honor of Women's History Month, We Celebrate Women's Yoga Expert Bobby Clennell. Discounted Yoga for Women's Health Classes, FREE Yoga for Beginners Class Series and Charitable Donations Towards Women's Health in Ukraine. 

Finally, in February, we welcome the return of the light with Candlemas on Feb 1 - the midway point between the Winter Solstice & the Spring Equinox. This year it also marks the Lunar New Year! You may have noticed an increase in energy as the days become lighter for longer. Hopefully, you have spent some time in reflection and are starting to feel the call to begin to plant seeds to grow your vision for the New Year. February is a great time to get organized and dive deep into your goals for the New Year, but it is also a time to continue to nourish the water element and to "go with the flow".
Interestingly, if you execute a search for the word gratitude, the top results are links to research by academic institutions like Harvard Medical School. Research has been conducted on the beneficial effects of gratitude on our health and wellbeing. Research has shown that by expressing gratitude, you decrease the focus on negative emotions and report improved mental health. Gratitude has also shown long lasting positive effects on brain scans.
I have to admit, I was dragging my feet on sharing a monthly newsletter, which we have done monthly since we launched over a dozen years ago! It happens sometimes, writer's block sets in, and in my experience, I just have to push through it. To be honest to some degree, I have not felt much like sharing on social media at all since the pandemic started. Mostly, because everything feels so uncomfortable, unusual & unsettled during this time.
We are all feeling the pain of being apart right now, even though many of us are blessed with the ability to teach and participate in our classes online. It is a very different world and it looks like it has the potential to remain in this evolved state into the foreseeable future. I don’t have a crystal ball but I do not think we are going back to where we were. The yoga studio where I teach has already decided that we will be online at least through the end of August. It is certainly unsettling AND it is giving us an opportunity to change, to innovate, and to get out of a rut.
Dear Friends, As the sun shifts into Virgo and the late summer's earth element, we are enjoying the fruits of our labors along with the slowing & cooling down of summer. The earth element brings us stability and a space to pause and collect ourselves between the seasons. The calm and steadiness of earth helps prepare us for the shifting unsteadiness of the air element which visits us in the fall. I love this time of year! The weather is a perfect mix of warm days and cool nights.  AND September is National Yoga Month! This is a wonderful time of year to get the word out about the benefits of yoga. Reference our resources below on the benefits of yoga as a place to start your conversation with new students.
ONGOING CLASSES Yoga - All Levels, Sundays 10 - 11:30 am at Balance Studio Yoga for Osteoporosis, Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am ~ contact Kym directly
Gentle Yoga for Health, Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:15
Gentle Yoga for Health, Saturdays 10 - 11:15 am ~ contact Kym directly Moving Forward, a program including yoga and therapeutic exercise for cancer survivors
Mondays 6 - 8pm October 2016, Hope Connections for Cancer Support, Bethesda MD IION, Institute for Integrative Oncology Navigation retreat, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
"Yoga as an Integrative Healing Tool"
February 15 and 16 at the Charlottesville Municipal Arts Center Friday February 15: Exploration of the Shoulder The shoulder is not only an important joint in the body, but it is also an important symbol of our strength and our ability to succeed in the world. We will explore the basic principles of the "rotator cuff" through a presentation of basic anatomy and kinesiology of the shoulder. Then we will experience and practice poses that open and strengthen the shoulder joint. The afternoon builds on the morning but with an emphasis on a quiet practice and restorative poses that release the shoulder.
Charlottesville Ashtanga Yoga Shala
Saturday, December 15, 2007
9:30AM-12:30PM
Restore your Kidney Qi for the holidays.

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Diane Malaspina was asked to sub for her teacher, Angela Phillips’ , Bliss class in 2004 and her path as a teacher blossomed from there, working one-on-one under Angela’s tutelage. In 2007, Diane completed Shiva Rea’s 200 hour Prana Vinyasa Flow program, a dynamic, organic approach based on Krishnamacharya’s lineage, integrating ayurveda, tantra, and energetic alignment to enhance the flow of prana.

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In this video I will show you supported head to knee pose using yoga props and items from your home to help you rest and restore! Hope you enjoy :)
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