Stress Less Yoga, taught by certified yoga instructor Deborah Lile, is a combination of Restorative and Hatha Yoga practices with meditation taught at the picturesque Church by the Sea. Hatha is an easy-to-learn basic form of yoga incorporating Asanas (postures), Pranayama (regulated breathing), and meditation. It is both a source of exercise and stress management. Private classes are available in addition to group classes.
Stress Less Yoga approaches the practice session in a calm, meditative mood, then begins the series, slowly, with control and grace, being inwardly aware as the body performs the various poses selected for the practice session. We do not overdo the asanas (postures) or try to compete with others. We take it easy and enjoy.
Treat your nervous system to a soothing, celestial sound bath as we soak in the healing vibrations of the singing metals. Meanwhile, you will be guided through a gentle, relaxing Restorative yoga practice. The sound of the bowls and gong will take you into a unique state of body-mind-spirit harmony with a vibrational journey through the chakras. This practice will offer you a rare opportunity to journey into a blissful state of ease and surrender as both the music and the poses guide you inward.
We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely.
During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the "good cholesterol" levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.
Many of us come to yoga because of a nagging restlessness within. Whether it’s the restlessness of wanting to lose weight, find balance, reach enlightenment, experience joy, or release tension, we come to yoga with the desire to find peace of mind and well-being.
Meditation affects the body in exactly the opposite ways that stress does, restoring the body to a calm state, helping the body to repair itself, and preventing new damage due to the physical effects of stress.
The benefits of meditation are manifold because it can reverse your stress response, thereby shielding you from the effects of chronic stress. When practicing meditation, your heart rate and breathing slow down, your blood pressure normalizes, you use oxygen more efficiently, and you sweat less. Your adrenal glands produce less cortisol, your mind ages at a slower rate, and your immune function improves. Your mind also clears and your creativity increases
Classes are appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of all ages. Each session is followed by guided meditation, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.