Restorative Yoga Classes New York NY

Restorative yoga classes provide instruction in restorative yoga, a type of yoga that involves restorative and restful postures. It is a relaxation practice that promotes stress relief and well-being and practitioners often use props to achieve the most restful posture. See below for yoga studios in New York, NY that give access to qualified yoga instructors who will guide you through your restorative yoga practice.

Tree of Life Yoga and Wellness Center
(718) 544-5997
102-19 Metropolitan Ave.
Forest Hills, NY
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa krama, Ashtanga, Kundalini, PreN

Body & Soul Yoga, Inc.
(516) 791-4315
1453 Broadway
Hewlett, NY
Yoga Styles
Eclectic Hatha, Astanga Vinyasa, Restortive, Kids & Teens

Joschi
(212) 399-6307
163 West 23rd Street,5th Floor
New York, NY
Yoga Styles
Hatha Yoga, Flow Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Other
Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 

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Smart Yoga
(646) 648-4678
71 E 3 rd Ave
New York, NY
Yoga Styles
Hatha Yoga, Yoga in Daily Life, Children's Yoga, Power Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation 
Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 

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Yoga Physical Therapy
(646) 462-5730
Lower Manhattan
New York, NY
Yoga Styles
Hatha Yoga, Other, Yoga Therapy, Meditation
Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 

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Om Sweet Om Yoga
(516) 944-9642
12 Irma Avenue
Port Washington, NY
Yoga Styles
ISHTA, Hatha, Vinyasa, Astanga, Hot Viny

Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
(212) 414-2903
59 West 19th Street at 6thAve,3rd Floor
New York, NY
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Yoga 
Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 

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Integral Yoga Institute
(212) 929-0586
227 West 13th Street
New York, NY
Yoga Styles
Hatha Yoga, Integral Yoga
Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 

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Prana Mandir Yoga Studio
(212) 803-5446
4 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY
Yoga Styles
Kundalini Yoga, Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda, Mantra Chanting 

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The Athletic And Swim Club
(646) 626-4657
787 7th Ave
New York, NY
Promotion
Offer - Complimentary 3-Day guest pass when you mention Felix.

Limit - one pass per individual.

Hours
Monday 5:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 5:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 5:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 5:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Services
Aerobics, Aquatic Exercise, Fitness Center, Free Weights, Indoor Cycling, Martial Arts, Massage, Pilates, Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool, Yoga

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By Jennifer Lang

Picture this scenario: You feel sick. You go to the doctor and he tells you to go home and relax, so you go straight to the couch and turn on the television. You may think you’ve ratcheted down, but, explains Judith Lasater, PhD, author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, relaxing is a dynamic state that requires separation from external stimuli like TV. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to accomplish that and need to be taught. “Doing nothing is the healthiest thing you can do for yourself,” says Lasater, “because when the body’s in a state of relaxation, all measurable indices of stress are reduced—you can’t be anxious and relaxed at the same time.”

Once you know how to achieve a state of dynamic relaxation, you can then learn to dis-identify. Meaning? You separate yourself from your thoughts: you have them, but they aren’t who you are. You can observe them arising but can detach from them. “If we’re at the mercy of our thoughts, which can change 60,000 times a day,” explains Lasater, “we’ll always feel stress and suffer because what we think is never going to fully satisfy us.” Learning to relax, therefore, is learning to let go of what you think and who you think you are. You aren’t your body or your thoughts.

The purpose of props
Research shows you need four things in order to relax: a feeling of safety, darkness, warm hands and feet, and a cool core body temperature. Props, such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, eye pillows, and sandbags, help create this environment by manipulating the nervous system so the only possible response is relaxation. “Really, we manipulate our nervous system all the time with cigarettes, coffee, anti-depressants, and other drugs to create a certain inner state,” says Lasater. “Restorative yoga is doing the same thing except it’s using only your body and breath.”

If you don’t have formal yoga props, improvise. Use a chair or a couch; a small, firm pillow; a few blankets; and something to cover your eyes. Then test out the environment with something simple: Lie on the floor with your legs raised up on the chair, your head and neck supported by a pillow, your body under a blanket if you’re cold, and your eyes covered. Now breathe comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes. According to Lasater, it takes the average person 15 minutes in a basic restorative pose to relax deeply, so set your timer and enjoy.

Ease on down the road

Restorative yoga works wonders when you’re stressed or over-tired, but it also has therapeutic value when you’re injured or not feeling well enough to do your regular practice. Whether your lower back is bothering you, your head hurts, or hot flashes have zapped your strength and energy, doing supported poses allows your body to reap the benefits of traditional poses without taxing your muscles or re-injuring yourself. We’ve asked a few of our favorite therapeutic yoga teachers to suggest poses that might feel good and help ease particular ...

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