Restorative Yoga › Adrianna Zaccardi
Restorative yoga allows the body to experience deep relaxation through a series of long, passive stretches that are fully supported by props so that the body does not feel any tension at all. Restorative yoga is a lovely way to to begin releasing habitual long-held tension, calm the nervous system and promote relaxation. It is a floor-based practice which helps us to slow down, rest and find stillness, and whilst restorative yoga is not physically demanding, it can be challenging to stay in long holds with few distractions and fully follow the movement of the breath in and out. If you enjoy restorative yoga, you may also like yin yoga, meditation and yoga nidra.
Restorative Yoga: Inner Knowing
This restorative yoga class brings our attention to rest at the crown of the head (Sahasrara). Start in seated meditation using visualisation, and then expand your presence with a restorative downward facing dog. You will need access to a wall (or edge of bed or sofa) for the deeply restorative legs up the wall pose followed by a deep body scan to close practice. You will need blankets, eye pillows or covering, bricks and a bolster. Pregnant practitioners: after the 30 week mark, downward facing dog should be practiced for periods of 30 seconds or less, or rest in child’s pose.
Restorative Yoga: Inner Vision
This restorative yoga class brings awareness to inner vision, the third eye (Ajna); the intuition, the way of seeing and perceiving the world. With three poses and a breath practice, this class creates clarity and can be practiced at any time of day. Suitable for all levels and bodies, a calming practice to call you into deep presence and inner knowing.
Restorative Yoga: Listening In
This restorative yoga class brings your awareness to the throat energy centre. (Vishuddha). This energy centre is commonly connected to how we express ourselves, but this class will explore how we listen and respond. Not suitable for those with any upper spine/ neck injuries. Suitable for women in their second and third trimesters. You will need an eye pillow, blanket, bolster and blocks.
Restorative Yoga: Open to Love
A very gentle restorative yoga class. Starting with self-massage, explore the use of touch and breath to gently open the heart to the fullness of life. Followed by simple gentle and nourishing restorative yoga poses to open the chest, bringing presence to rest at your heart space (Anahata). You will need a bolster, block and blanket. Suitable for all.
Restorative Yoga: Inner Radiance
Restorative Yoga: Pause to Feel
This restorative yoga class is designed to cultivate awareness through the pelvis, lower belly and sacral plexus; the home of the creative energy centre (Svadhishthana). Poses in this yoga class focus on the back, the lower belly and the legs, and are intended to create space to allow the energy to flow fluidly through this energy centre. It starts with low lunges, moving to a restorative child’s pose and then you'll need a clear wall for ‘legs up the wall’ pose.
Restorative Yoga: Be Here
This beautiful restorative yoga class is designed to bring your awareness to rest at your root, (Muladhara) as an invitation to be here, now. Starting with a short breathwork meditation practice, this breathwork continues throughout class. Expect relaxing, long held poses with some child's pose and pelvic circles between poses. This grounding practice is suitable for all bodies, and modifications are welcome. If you are pregnant this practice can be modified, so be sure to listen out for these during the practice.
Anxiety, to various degrees, can be part of the human experience more frequently than we would like. You may practice this at any time of the day that feels best for you, knowing that this 1 hour long practice includes several poses that help soothe and support your nervous system without feeling overly exposed. I will be holding the space with you for the entire practice. It must be mentioned that this sequence is not a substitute for any professional support you may need. If your anxiety is at a point that is too much for you, then please seek additional support.
The Sacred Pause
The shorter, darker days are coming, this practice is an invitation to honour the call to pause. In this practice we will be exploring savasana’s variations, where you can fully rest. Note: if you are pregnant, I would advise remaining in the first pose of this sequence for the length of this. Unless you are still in the first trimester and feel comfortable transitioning onto your back for the second pose.
Although we may believe the restorative yoga is best before bed, this practice has been designed for you to practice first thing in the morning, so that you may experience the level of presence and vitality as it filter through your day. Granted this may be on the weekend, but do try it and experience first hand your vitality through this nourishing restorative practice.
In this short tutorial, Adrianna guides you through an awareness practice that can be used alone, but also before each of the restorative yoga classes. Scan the layers of the body (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual) to listen into what is present in your body right now, so that it may inform our choices as we move into practice, be it poses, or a place in which to anchor our attention during each pose. A really useful short practice to listen to to connect to yourself before any yoga class, but especially useful for Adrianna's restorative classes.
Restorative Yoga: What, Why & Using What You Have
What is restorative yoga is and how it can have such a powerful effect on your overall wellbeing and life? This short video describes that despite the stigma of relaxation, this practice really is for everyone at every stage of their life. This is a radical practice. There is nothing quite as bold as making the time to be still. Don’t have blocks, or a bolster? Then this video is for you. Adrianna shows you how to use alternatives to yoga props during your restorative practice so that you feel empowered to rest now, with whatever you have at home.