10 Good reasons to Consider using a Restorative Class


10-Minute Restorative Forward Fold

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Today’s Yoga Question #2: Why did you start doing restorative yoga?

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Beginner Restorative Yoga with Props | Yoga with Melissa 475

Video taken from the channel: Melissa West


Restorative Yoga Flow No Props | 35-minute Class

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What Is Restorative Yoga?

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The Untold Secret of Why we Practice Restorative Yoga in Less than 5 minutes

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10 Reasons to Try a Restorative Class. You’ll reduce delayed onset muscle soreness. Foam rolling post-workout has been shown to help exercisers recover from muscle fatigue and You’ll make gains faster.

You’ll prevent injuries. You’ll reduce tension – even when you don’t work out. You’ll move. Schools across the country are being urged to adopt restorative approaches as an alternative to suspensions, which may disproportionately affect students of color.

But restorative practices do more than supplant punitive approaches to discipline. They can dramatically improve the school climate and strengthen the social and emotional skills of young people and adults. However, this procedure should not be a spontaneous reaction, but a result of regularly incorporated restorative conversations that have already established that line of communication.

For those of you who think this may add value to your classroom, consider taking the small steps below. 1. Introducing class-wide circles on a regular basis. 4 hours ago · 5 reasons to try ‘Restorative Practice and the Return to School’ e-Learning CPD Restorative Thinking.

School lockdown – As a teacher, I’ve returned to class; as a parent, I won’t send my daughter back to school. Post-COVID classroom routines –. As I was prepping to take my restorative class at the yoga studio at our gym, my co-worker said to me “You’ll love it, it’s kind of like adult nap time.” In my rundown state, I thought, “Actually, that sounds perfect.” Adult naptime is a bit of an exaggeration, but we did start class. restorative needs arise during the course of a longer-term stay, or in conjunction with formalized rehabilitation therapy.

Generally, restorative nursing programs are initiated when a resident is discharged from formalized physical, occupational or speech rehabilitation therapy.” MDS 3.0, RAI Manual, Pg. 0-36 10. Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles 4 Restorative Community in the Classroom Restorative practices cultivate a culture in which everyone feels like they belong. They build a particular sense of community in which every member-students, teacher, parent volunteers, aides-feel that they are seen, heard, and respected.

This class will be offered as soon as in person meetings are safe. This course will provide participants with the 60 hours of training required by Administrative code 300.1210 for Restorative Nursing. A Certified Restorative nurse professional can assist you with survey preparedness as well as ensure proper MDS coding and prepare for potential. 5 Reasons Implementation of Restorative Practices Fails in Schools and latest fad comes rolling along. Restorative Justice or restorative practices as it is sometimes called takes no exception but one, this isn’t another educational fad.

These are the administrators who try to use restorative approaches to put out fires rather than. Hence, the only way to try to measure the effect of restorative justice is to ask victims what they have experienced. 27 In terms of comparisons between restorative justice and control groups, Strang and others (2006) report that victims in the London conference group were significantly less worried about why they had been victimized than those.

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Restorative classes are slower paced, but they still provide benefits.

“Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle: How to Break free of Negativity and Drama” by Doreen Virtue
from Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle: How to Break free of Negativity and Drama
by Doreen Virtue
Hay House, 2015

Guideline 8 reminds us that students need options that appropriately balance challenge and support in order to ensure that learning occurs most efficiently.

“Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications” by Tracey E. Hall, Anne Meyer, David H. Rose
from Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications
by Tracey E. Hall, Anne Meyer, David H. Rose
Guilford Publications, 2012

Point 1: ‘‘The flexibility is wonderful and now, in some ways, it may be hard to go back to the F2F class because it would be hard to give up that flexibility—and you still have some F2F interaction.

“How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course: Achieving Student-Centered Learning through Blended Classroom, Online and Experiential Activities” by Alan Aycock, Jay Caulfield
from How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course: Achieving Student-Centered Learning through Blended Classroom, Online and Experiential Activities
by Alan Aycock, Jay Caulfield
Stylus Publishing, 2012

Student-centered teaching strategies such as cooperative learning, language experience, process writing, reciprocal teaching, and whole language activities (if practiced consciously and critically) can help to offset or neutralize our deficit-based failure and recognize subordinated student strengths.

“The Critical Pedagogy Reader” by Antonia Darder, Marta Baltodano, Rodolfo D. Torres
from The Critical Pedagogy Reader
by Antonia Darder, Marta Baltodano, Rodolfo D. Torres
RoutledgeFalmer, 2003

Don’t give too many at once: It’s a mistake to give out long lists of demands in your first lesson the students won’t be able to retain them and many will simply switch off.

“Getting the Buggers to Behave” by Sue Cowley
from Getting the Buggers to Behave
by Sue Cowley
Continuum, 2006

Service learning lets students face situations in which they foster intangible qualities and values such as empathy, self-awareness, self-confidence, a caring activism to advocate for health, a sense of democratic civic responsibility, a global ecological awareness, cultural competence, and social justice.

“Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health” by Karen Saucier Lundy, Sharyn Janes
from Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public’s Health
by Karen Saucier Lundy, Sharyn Janes
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2005

The rewards are worth it: You will soon lead a class that your participants will want to take again and again!

“Methods of Group Exercise Instruction” by Mary M. Yoke, Carol Armbruster
from Methods of Group Exercise Instruction
by Mary M. Yoke, Carol Armbruster
Human Kinetics, 2019

If healthy relationships do not exist, then it is highly unlikely that the implementation of restorative practice will achieve the types of results we know it can, including dramatically lowering suspensions, exclusions, referrals and detention rates, not to mention improvements in academic outcomes for students.

“Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools: A Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities” by Margaret Thorsborne, Graham Robb, Peta Blood
from Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools: A Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities
by Margaret Thorsborne, Graham Robb, Peta Blood
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013

4 Encourage learners to formulate their own learning objec­tives.

“Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory, and Practice” by Tim Swanwick, Kirsty Forrest, Bridget C. O'Brien
from Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory, and Practice
by Tim Swanwick, Kirsty Forrest, Bridget C. O’Brien
Wiley, 2019

Stronger classes: Can make notes without using Exercise 1c.

“English in Mind Level 1A Combo Teacher's Book” by Claire Thacker, Cheryl Pelteret, Herbert Puchta, Jeff Stranks
from English in Mind Level 1A Combo Teacher’s Book
by Claire Thacker, Cheryl Pelteret, et. al.
Cambridge University Press, 2007

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  • I am willing to release tension from my body. My intention is to help my students to release tension from their bodies. Thank you for this gift!

  • I am willing to release tension from my body. I am truly enjoying all you and Tim have to offer on your membership site as well as your free videos. Thank yoi

  • Bless your heart. I’ve truly enjoyed several repeats of this class and look forward to the next after each. Restarting a consistent yoga practice is tough sometimes. You’ve made it easier by your gentle spirit, specific instruction and insistence to be aware of one’s body. Thank you…job well done. Peace and much Light!

  • Just love your yoga sessions. So gentle and peaceful. I love the wall covering and would love to know where you got it. I would love to get one for my daughter. Thanks

  • This was the most relaxing practice, your voice is very soothing. I practice yin yoga almost exclusively because I am an older woman. I so appreciate the quality of yoga available on you tube from such charming and mindful instructors. thanks so much and namaste’

  • The practice was wholesome and fulfilling. I love all your yoga videos! Please post some beginner routines. Love the intentions of your routines. Thankyou so much

  • Back to the mat after a very long break.,,,,,,, this was a perfect way to restart………soothing voice, relaxing pace, gentle stretches. thank you so much

  • Thankyou!!! I have been hoping you would make a yin yoga video. I remember hearing you in a podcast a loonggg time ago talking about yin yoga way before I knew what yin yoga was and you said that poses were held for long periods of time and it was very intense. I thought yin was holding intense standing poses like warrior for up to 20 minutes at a time����. But then you said all the poses were seated and yin is deep stretching/restorative. Yin has changed my life and brought back the flexibility of my hamstrings!!! Thank you for this class!!

  • Combination of soothing voice and the wonderfully ethereal music made this deliciously hypnotic practice. Was able to sink quietly into poses.:)

  • I’ve been struggling to find a restorative routine that holds the poses for as long as I like them. Thank you for giving some real time so I can find my breath and actually stretch out my muscles!

  • This is now my go to restorative class. thank you for putting these together, I know they’re a lot of work. But they make so many of us so relaxed and happy.

  • I absolutely love this practice. One of my weekly go to’s. I really appreciate the soothing background music as well as your gentle voice. Those in combination with that there is enough time to sink into presence in each posture, leaves me more often then not in a calm and blissful space after completing this class. Thank you!

  • Fantastic instructions. Didn’t have to look at the video. I could just keep my eyes closed, stretch, relax and enjoy the moment to myself

  • Namaste Rachel. Great gentle flow. I’ve been in the house working from home like many. Use to do a regular practice in the studio. this was my first time doing yoga since the start of this year. just what I needed. will be back again.

  • Thank you for sharing this! I was thinking maybe I can use restorative in the mornings, as I feel so slow to wake! I will definitely try more of your videos!

  • I’m in my first trimester of pregnancy and struggling with fatigue and nausea, and this has helped me so much to be able to take care of my body without feeling more exhausted than I started. Thank you!

  • Thank you SO MUCH for this amazing content. It’s so hard to find good restorative yoga online. I will be doing this regularly. Appreciate you. ����

  • This practice really helped me heal today and reconnect to myself. I loved the gentle guidance, and the background music is heavenly. Thank you, Jessica!

  • So needed this tonight my mind and body were just exhausted from pushing too hard and I didn’t know it till I stopped and listened. Thank you!

  • I’m 69 years old and have experienced all manner of major health issues. I’ve come to believe I’ve caused myself much,misery by self neglect and self sabotage. I have passionately resisted any learning or practice about fitness & nutrition. That is, up until NOW. From now on, I want to change for the better if its not too late. I’ve come to believe that quality of life experience is most important to me. To achieve as much of that as possible and minimize misery as much as possible, it seems upgrading fitness & nutrition hold the greatest potential for payoff. Is this a good place to start?

    I tried a yoga class and the teacher wasn’t really a teacher. She used yoga terms & poses without explanation. Perhaps appropriate since obviously 95% of the class knew what she was doing and were following along. They were all practicing, not learning. She led practice, she did not teach. So I tried a restorative yoga class. The teacher was actually pretty good but I could only hear about half of what was said. It was at night with just a few candles lighting the room,so I could not see what was being modeled. All of this taught me I have no knowledge of yoga terms & poses. I am embarrassingly inept, I lack balance, strength & flexibility.

    I do have a desire to learn. This is largely due to meeting some elders who have been practicing for decades. They all GLOW! Can I learn this at my age?

  • Thank you so much for this retreat Sjana! I honestly learned so much about myself, and even though these times are hard, and there are many difficult emotions to deal with inside of me, these yoga videos (and the other content) you gave us have given me a lot of strength. So amazing you do this for everyone, makes me want to do something nice for the world as well. Keep on spreading your kindness! Sending you love from the other side of the world.

  • Hi, a wonderful practice. Can you please tell me the music that you used for this video? I would love to use it for my class. Thank you!

  • Thank you! I was just making myself do it at first but I absolutely loved how I felt about it at completion. It really helped the soreness. ��

  • Miss having this retreat to wake up to! ����This was such a beautiful gift from you to give to us in these times. ❤️ Loved how it put some magical sparkles to my life.����‍♀️ I’m soo hooked on improving my yoga and meditation practice further now! ✨���� Love from Sweden! ��

  • Thoughts that go through my mind as I do this for the second time: this practice is stunning, what a gem, and I feel like my body is really taken care of when I practice with you. Like the way you teach is so nurturing, and I feel like my body has had a kind of massage after.

  • This one really brought me deep into a meditative state, which is quite rare for me to achieve. I felt like I’d woken from a long gentle sleep by the end. Liked and subscribed. Thank you.

  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart Sjana! You have truly been a golden ray of light throughout this time. Thank you for all your positivity, compassion and wisdom throughout this program, I am sure is rubbing off on all of us in some way or another and helping us become the people we were always meant to be x

  • this was the best yoga session iv’e had. i started doing yoga last month. i’m extremely flexible but the yoga videos that actually stretch me are also to challenging at the moment with a lot of poses strength wise. i love these types of yoga classes because it stretches me and relaxes me. thank you ��

  • Thank you so much for posting such high quality content. Saving my life in quarantine and probably thousands lives in the same time. Namaste.

  • Thank you. This was my second yoga class ever. The first one (live) I got injured when I was trying to recover. The facilitator was very well meaning but not experienced enough. I’ve had severe back injuries including a thorasic spinal cord injury. I’m trying to get to better function and less pain. Thanks

  • Amazing experience… not much into yoga but have beeen plagued with sports injury and my sister suggested your class and have been doing it 2 to 3 times per week and it’s helped my groin injury. Any yoga practice you recommend for tennis elbow.


  • Thank you so much! You are wonderful! Such a blessing I found your video during this time of having to stay inside. Will certainly follow you.

  • Jessica, Thank you for this! I found that I lack general flexibility and had to make some alterations. I’m trying to make something out of staying at home and your session reminded me to be compassionate, be thankful, supportive and know that we all have the power within to take charge.

  • I really liked this restorative session.
    Unfortunately I found the background noise and the facilatotor constantly looking at her phone, extremely off putting.

  • Amazing! This is my new favorite yoga video. When we got to Shivashana the music all of the sudden got turned up to 100. I had to get out of shivashana to turn it down. 9 out of 10. Thank you again.

  • I feel restored �� I felt all my tensions and my exhaustion, but it was soo what I needed. I´m not a beginner but I loved the class. Also a fan of supported locust, thanks to you and your classes. �� Thank you again Melissa and take care. You have the best Restorative classes!

  • You know I AM your biggest fan……… Love you……….. Love you love you love you from Nepal…….. Love you Big fan thanks you

  • Hi Melissa, it’s me; meridian Fiona!:) Hope you are well. Nice class. This has to be the longest yoga class I have done in a long while. Trying to get back into it. I also see you are closing in on 500 videos ad 50K subscribers, congratulations.Love Fi.

  • Love this. I’ve done this particular practice several times now before bed since I discovered it. The music, your voice, and the pace with long holds are just perfection. Thank you.

  • I just Tried this restorative yoga class mainly because I haven’t done yoga in a while and also because I felt a little bit lost lately. Since I follow you in you journey I felt deeply connected to you. You inspire me. That’s why I thought it’s time to find myself again and to grow. It was amazing. I could deeply feel every inch of myself. And in the end shavasana was the best. I had tears in my eyes. Thank you. Tank you for being you. I’m grateful to have to option to do yoga „with you“ online as I’m not in Australia at the moment. Much love

  • Thank you for such a relaxing video. I love to chill out doing this sequence. Can you please share what the title and artist of the background music? I would like to play it for my mother who is very sick and unable to do the yoga but I think she would benefit from relaxing to this music. Namaste.

  • This was absolutely perfect! My therapist has been encouraging me to start a yoga practice since it’s extremely effective at treating PTSD/Trauma symptoms, but so many yoga videos, even ones specifically for PTSD, go so fast and I’m focusing so hard on keeping up I never get to actually feel the poses and feel my body completely. Definitely coming back for more, I feel incredibly relaxed and in my body after this. Thank you!

  • Thank you so so much! I loved it! I didn’t know your chanel but I just enjoy this practice with you, you are kind, and so gentle in your practice! I’m going to practice again and again with you for sure. Love and gratitude from France.

  • Thank you for the beautiful practice. All of sudden random playlist played “Let it all go birdy, RHODES”, combined with your words on the last part of practice. And Im like wow. Now I realized how much I needed time like this rather than looking for more stuff to do to keep me busy on thinking…!

  • Beautiful rewarding practice! Came back to this one for my mother’s day retreat. Thank you so much for sharing your heart, wisdom, kindness and powerful spirit. I feel so grateful being part of this tribe. Happy Mother’s day to all women.

  • This is just what I was looking for soothing music and a sweet voice! This practice was much needed work for my body! Thank you ��

  • Thank you very much Jessica, my wife and I really enjoy your class and go onto YouTube about 3 to 4 days per week to watch you/take your class. It has helped my lower back and gets my morning off to a Great Start!!!!

  • Thank you so much!! It changed my routine at home completely! I don’t want these videos end!! you inspire me a lot! Thank you beautiful soul. Big hugs from Istanbul

  • Thank you so much for this beautiful experience at a time when we all needed it most. I truly cannot thank you enough for everything you put into this and it shows in every video, with the way you speak, the way you designed the retreat; it is all so thoughtful. I hope you do this again in the future! Looking forward to practicing with you again <3

  • I was missing my gentle yoga class at the Y so much that I looked for something similar on youtube and found you! Thank you soooo much for this. I was starting to feel so tight and stressed. This is now my wind down go to for quarantine.

  • Thank you so much for this retreat, Sjana Elise! Within those 10 days I have already noticed positive changes in my body: I’m more flexible, I’m stronger, I’m calmer and I’m happier. Stay as you are, you are just wonderful, Sjana Elise. Love from Germany <3

  • Thank you so much! I have been missing my regular class so much however I think I just found my new instructor! So appreciative of your calm voice and gentle class

  • I don’t know if you’ll see this or not, however I felt compelled to say, THANKYOU. The word itself seems to so small in comparison to how much you have given over these past 10 days, but I just wanted you to know that I have fallen in love with yoga, my body, my mind and my soul thanks to your kindness, generosity and free spirit. You radiate love, joy, peace, kindness and you encourage me to be the best version of myself everyday. I am such an extravert and have been struggling with this isolation period and everyday I would wake up with such excitement for the day knowing I had yoga and your friendship to start the day off!! Although this retreat ends today I truly believe it’s the start of so much more. Sending love and virtual 1.5m distanced air hug! haha. Your fellow Aussie xx

  • You are so well spoken. Thank you for putting the time and energy into something that I have looked forward to every evening. Each practice has been so grounding during this time of distress and uncertainty. Sending lots of love and warmth to you and everyone else here. Thank you! ��

  • thank you so much for this amazing retreat Sjana. i never used to do yoga so regularly it was rare, but after this i have decided that yoga is something i really need to dedicate more time to and i want to do some if not every day then various times a week! thank you x

  • Hi Lee I read through you letter I started taking care of myself 3 years ago at 62 years. I started with cycling. Now Ive added yoga, food, the gym all new things for me. YES you can do this. Start with Restorative Yoga find the easiest class you can with a patient teacher. This journey you are embarking on will lead you to new knowledge, friends and energy. Age Well! Piper in AZ

  • Sjana Elise, I really want to thank you for all you have done during this quarantine to keep us motivated and stay connected with our inner selfs. You are my inspiration to practice yoga, you’re kinda my goal. I have been following you for a couple of years and with this program I really started practicing yoga by heart! I’m so thankful!! I would like to ask you to please unblock me from instagram, I do not know why you blocked me… I follow you because I admire you, no other intentions, your practice is an inspiration to me. Please, unblock me: @vvpzcrln. I am creating a new account for just share my practice of yoga and connect with other yogis around the world. Thanks for your videos, your help, support and kind words. Love you and I wish you all the best!