Dr. Loren M. Fishman, a physiatrist at Columbia University who specializes in rehabilitative medicine has been gathering evidence on yoga and bone health in elders: “Yoga’s side effects include better posture, improved balance, enhanced coordination, greater range of motion, higher strength, reduced levels of anxiety and better gait, all of which contribute to the ability to stay upright and not fall, greatly reducing your risk of a serious fracture.”
Eager to spread the personal benefits that I have experienced with yoga, I have been teaching gentle yoga at Our Clubhouse for a good while now. Unfortunately, a Thursday evening class never made it to the top of the membership participation list. So when I heard the Thursday daytime Restorative Yoga teacher was often absent I stepped up to ask if I might instruct that class. This month I will be transitioning from Gentle to Restorative. So what’s the difference?
Restorative yoga is simply that, restorative. It is the centering of your breath and body, aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. Props such as pillows, blocks and straps assist in helping you to hold poses longer with a more relaxed comfortable effort.
What are you waiting for? Come and join me!