Kindred Yoga – Restore & Release

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Name: Kindred Yoga

Location: North Wales, PA

Exercise Type: Restore & Release Yoga

Place: Studio

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 PM

Length of Class: 60 min

Price: $7 for 7 days of unlimited yoga (for new students); Packages available

What to Wear: T-shirt/tank top; leggings

What to Bring: Water, yoga mat (optional; they also have mats for use)

What is Provided: Blocks, blanket, bolster, mats

Level of Experience: All levels seen throughout the class

Age Group: Various; all ages seen in class

In a perfect world, everyone would be required to participate in a Restore & Release yoga class at least once a week. This class is definitely for parents, and especially for the working mom! Whether you’re having a bad day with the kids or work, this class is exactly what your body and mind need.

Restore & Release is a combination of gentle flowing movements, long-held deep stretches, and poses that leave you feeling great (and sleepy) after class. We didn’t realize how much our bodies hurt until we started listening to them, and realizing how much they really needed to be stretched. At the beginning of the class, Kelly, our instructor, asked us what we wanted to focus on the most. She told us she never plans a class beforehand, as she asks her students what their needs are that class. Three areas that needed attention were shoulders, neck, and lower back. This makes sense when we think about where most of us hold our stress, and also the areas that are affected by picking up our kids.

We started class in a reclined position on a bolster, set up on two blocks. We also used a blanket to sit on so we felt supported the whole time, not making it too uncomfortable. Kelly talked us through our mediation and our intentions for class. She also sprayed some light lavender to set the mood for our sense of smell; this was another way to help us relax. We focused a lot on our belly breathing- inhaling big belly breaths through our nose and exhaling through our mouths. Just sitting and allowing ourselves to have time to think about what our mind and body was telling us, is something we never get to do as working moms. We might think about how much something hurts when we actually get to sit for the first time at about 9 pm. By then, we have no intentions of trying to mediate and stretch. It’s time to watch some junky, mindless tv show and hit the sack!

From there we stretched our neck, shoulders, and hips. Before we knew it, it was time to lay on our backs and end class with a chakra meditation- it was already 7:45 pm! That was the quickest 45 minutes of class we’ve ever been to- relaxing and stretching is hard work! For those of you who don’t know what a chakra is (we didn’t either), it is a Sanskrit word that literally translates to wheel or disk.  In yoga meditation, the term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven chakras, and they are the centers in our bodies in which energy flows through. We posted an image below for reference. During the mediation, we focused on the colors of our chakras, what was need to replenish them, and chanted mantras that Kelly personally wrote when she wanted to feel supported. We have never experienced a mediation like this before, and it was awesome! Sometimes we need these chants to reinforce the statements we know to be true. We probably say these types of mantras to our children (and hubbies because we know they need that positive reinforcement too) to make them feel worthy of love and support, but do we tell ourselves? We are worthy of taking the time to clear our minds, listen to our bodies, and most importantly take care of our spirits. We felt like this was able to happen during the Restore & Release yoga class. Thank you, Kelly, for making these mamas feel replenished and rejuvenated!

For more information on this class, and other classes offered, check out Kindred Yoga.  We will definitely be back to relax with you soon! Thank you for having us!

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