Our New Yoga Teacher

The lowdown on Phi's new deep relaxation yoga class and why you should try it. 

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Hands up if you've heard this before:

"I can't do yoga. I'm not flexible."

Forget everything you think you know about yoga.

The things we will do in this class haven't even crossed your mind as being "yoga". We will sit. We will breathe. We will do poses that are designed to calm you down from the inside out. They will feel so luxurious it will be better than any spa treatment you've ever had.

There will be candles. There will be lavender­ scented eye pillows. We will enjoy music, we will enjoy silence.

"My body feels like cement, it is so heavy and relaxed right now," said one of my
students after a deep relaxation class.

"But I thought we were going to do yoga today," said another student.

We did, son, we did.

You will sleep better than you have in years. You will wake up feeling refreshed. You will notice that you are more alert and energetic during the day. Over time your mind it will slow down, quiet down. So that you can be my present in each moment.

You will stop worrying about the little things. You will learn how to notice if your mind is getting anxious and you'll know what to do to calm it down. We will do all of these things gently and with self love.

Notice that I have not mentioned flexibility even once. Touching your toe to your ear is not a prerequisite for yoga. But if you can do it, that's awesome and you can entertain us after class.

How things will go down:

First you'll be like, "What is going on? Why are we just sitting around, this is not exercise, I am not even sweating. WTF. Where is my workout?!"

Then, you'll be like, "Whoa. I feel really, really relaxed right now. Did someone spike my water bottle?"

Then you'll go home and you'll sleep like a rock.

But then, you'll still be like, "Are you sure this is yoga? I mean I'm at the gym, shouldn't I be, like, working out? How'm I supposed to burn calories?! Shouldn't we do something hard?"

Our society teaches us to value "hard work" and look down on "relaxation". If we work 50 hours a week, we're better than the lazy­ass working only 35. If our workout has us wobbling back to our car, that means we done good.

The truth is, some classes rile you up, some classes calm you down. It's really important to have a balance of both.

But how many of us make time for a class that's all about chilling?

I'm just as guilty of this­ it took me years to see the value of relaxation as equal to hectic sweaty workout, to choose restorative yoga over core­ power­ vinyasa­ flow yoga at least some of the time.

Why deep relaxation yoga is more than just sitting around:

Deep relaxation yoga targets your nervous system, the part of it gets us to calm down.When your nervous system is in a state of calm,you have lower cortisol levels (stress hormones), less chances of illness and disease, better digestion.

And, for you hard­core gym­goers, check this out: incorporating deep relaxation yoga to your workout regimen allows your body to start repairing all of the micro­tears that it gets from doing really strenuous workouts. This means you'll actually work out better and more effectively, with a healthier body. What?

All this to say, no matter what you think yoga is, come try this class.

Tell me what you think. Don't hold back­ trust me, I've heard it before. Hell, I've thought it before. Like I said, it took me years to really see the value of this kind of yoga. And now here I am teaching the thing.

Hope to see you in class.


Sign up Phi's Yoga class here!

Source: newyoga