Location: West Bucktown, 2528 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647.
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In this restorative extended class, you will learn techniques for silence and stillness. You will gain the ability to soothe your overstimulated sympathetic nervous system and find relief from the stress of a busy life. Paradoxically, by giving yourself the gift of intense rest, you will discover more energy for family, work and creativity. This class is open to any student interested in experiencing the benefits of restorative yoga.
In restorative yoga, we discover the secret to slowing down, paying attention and being still in order to receive the benefits of deep rest and to listen to the rhythm of our hearts. In this practice, we focus on “being” rather than “doing”. Our bodies speak to what they need if we are to listen. Restorative yoga is about giving our bodies time and creating the conditions for deep healing to occur.
In this workshop, you will learn techniques for silence and stillness. You will gain the ability to soothe your overstimulated sympathetic nervous system and find relief from the stress of a busy life. Paradoxically, by giving yourself the gift of intense rest, you will discover more energy for family, work and creativity. This intensive is open to any student interested in deepening their practice. In this program, the methodology includes lecture, demonstration, partnered exercises, and question and answer sessions.
In this Restorative Yoga Workshop, topics to be covered include…
Guided asana instruction for proper alignment in the poses
Use of a variety of props
Necessary variations and adjustments to make each pose safe and effective
Basic sequence routines to enhance the flow of a practice
Pranayama for relaxation
Meditation for self-discovery
Dana teaches multiple levels of Vinyasa, involving active, slow, flowing movements linked with the rhythm of the breath. She also teaches Restorative, in which passive prop-supported poses are held for several minutes to enable the body to slowly open in a very meditative practice. Proper body alignment in both classes is taught with cues, and encouraged with props and adjustments. Her classes are physically challenging to stimulate the body, while encouraging self-observation and relaxation through guided meditation and breath work. The yogic benefits of awareness are something Dana deeply encourages in her classes. Awareness of body and mind can lead to magical things, including a body that feels and looks healthier, and a sense of balance and clarity. This clarity enables us to see our true nature so that we can live the life that, deep down, we know we want to live.
About Dana: After years of occasional yoga practice, Dana Parisi practiced for 7 consecutive days during a period of high stress. She experienced such immense physiological and mental benefits by the end of that week that she fell for yoga—hard. She continued to practice regularly and soon wanted to delve deeper. Following a year of teacher training, she completed her 200 hour CYT certification 2015 at Moksha Yoga Center, and has been teaching at Moksha ever since.
Dana is also a working artist (danaparisi.com) and loves to travel. She looks forward to the evolution of her teaching style through her continued study of yoga.