Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is all about slowing way down, opening your body into passive stretching, while calming your mind.  Restorative Yoga is a way of moving you into “patryahara”, withdrawal from the senses and resting in your true self.

While the majority of yoga classes are active, Restorative Yoga is completed sitting or lying down.  Your body is positioned to stretch and deeply relax.  This accomplished through the use of props, rather than your muscles, to support your body.

Wednesday evening’s Restorative Yoga Class includes approximately 1 hour of relaxed bodywork and finishes with a 20 minute relaxing yoga nidra.



Restorative Yoga vs. Stretching


  • One study of pre-diabetic subjects showed a 6-point greater drop in blood sugar compared to stretching.

  • Restorative participants lost 2 pounds more than the stretchers and nearly ½ more from their waistlines.

  • Other studies show restorative yoga can decrease hot flashes during menopause and fatigue and boost quality of life in women with breast cancer.

  • Decrease stress, depression, anxiety


  • Improve sleep

Kirsten Erickson, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT200, RYT500, iRest® Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher, Yoga Wellness North