You’re a hard worker, both on the job and at the gym. That can add up to sore muscles, stress and fatigue, quite possibly leading toward burn-out. Avoid it with our newest class at Rock Creek Sports Club – Restorative Yoga.
Instructor Hannah Leatherbury says the class, which could also be called Cool Down Yoga or Before Bed Yoga, is a combination of Hatha yoga and restorative yoga.
She explains that the first 30-40 minutes of class is doing forward folds, hip opening, twists, poses on your backs and some inverting with downward facing dog or standing forward fold. The last 30-40 minutes are spent doing restorative postures with the support of props.
“All of these poses are good for relieving the stress of the day without over stimulating someone, as backbends, arm balances, and more difficult inversions could do,” Hannah adds.
This isn’t a class where the focus is burning calories and breaking a sweat. Instead, it’s about releasing tension and stress through breathing and relaxation.
“The challenge in this class comes in when you are asked to SLOW DOWN,” Hannah says. “Many of us have a hard time doing that and our minds wander, we get bored, we resist the idea of letting go. But, the best medicine is to supplement the things you are missing in your life. If you are missing time for yourself to unwind and let go, this is a good practice for you.”
Restorative Yoga is open to everyone, including beginners, those recovering from an injury, dealing with a chronic condition or illness, or simply just need a way to work in some active recovery into their workout routine. Hannah just asks that you approach her before class if you have something going on with your body that she should be aware of, so she can help you with the proper modifications.