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Maravilloso Monday- Recharging Your Batteries

Submitted by on February 22, 2010 - 3:30 pm

Last night I took time out for myself. Rather than stay at home and do my usual ritual of washing doing laundry, washing dishes and endless sippy cups I put my son to bed, (my husband stayed home and kept an eye on him, of course) and I went to the Relax & Restore Yoga Class at Urth Yoga. I have taken yoga for years, (all kinds, in fact). But this was the first time that I had taken a “restorative” class. It was just what I needed. Rather than moving through a series of poses we did only

4-6 in the 90 minute class. What we did was position ourselves in supported
poses, (using bolsters, yoga blankets, blocks and straps), and relaxed into the
postures for 10 minutes, or more, each. This
Relax & Restore class,
taught by
Kathy Bray, is designed to
release tension and calm the nervous system. The gently supported poses that we did were supposed to create a slow, meditative, calm practice that restores energy and alignment. Well, it totally did! I left the studio in such a zen state that I’m surprised that drivers behind me didn’t honk at me, because I am sure that I was driving way under the speed limit. I got home and my husband asked “Why are you being so quiet?” I then took a relaxing bath and went to sleep. (I slept like an angel). I am now officially hooked on this Relax & Restore yoga class. It’s a great way for me to end the weekend and recharge my batteries for the following week.

Do you carve our time for yourself? If so, what do you do? (We’d love to know).


  • Anonymous says:
    February 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I love walking outside, Jerome. It’s great exercise and a nice way to get in touch with nature.

  • Anonymous says:
    April 17, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Hi Ana,
    I’m so happy to be taking one of your mat classes. It’s a big thrill for me since I love your videos so much. Not only do I enjoy your method of teaching but I always look forward to escaping the daily grind of New York City life as I’m transported to one of the beautiful and serene environments that you take us to in your videos. I would love the opportunity to have dinner with you to learn how you prepared for this challenge and hear about what you are going to take on next. Best of luck in your race and I look forward to seeing you in class.

    Take care,

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