Come stretch, come release, come relax and come meditate with us at our new restorative stretch class. As part of RedBird’s philosophy of full, integrated movements we are introducing a new class to build on our foundation of smart, strong techniques. If you look forward to the stretch and cool down of each of our evening Pilates mat classes, this class is especially for you.
The class will include a long session of deep stretching using tennis balls, straps and foam rollers (see below). You know where your psoas is? We’ll stretch it! Ever heard of your piraformus? You’ll find it and stretch that too, along with your IT band, shoulders, chest and more.
We’ll also be doing deeply restorative yoga poses that will continue the full body stretch, as well as improve overall endurance, flexibility and relaxation. We’ll be working with blankets, straps, bolsters and other props to engage in safe, supportive and deep work.
The last part of the class will be dedicated to guided meditation. Meditation is often very intimidating for newcomers but we’re hoping you’ll give it a try with our 15-minute guided session. There’s more and more research that shows what a tremendous impact it has on well-being, memory and learning. (See one of our favorite explanations of how it can free your mind below.)
Relaxation and release are the not just the reward for intense, core-engaging Pilates workouts, they’re essential to an integrated, holistic fitness practice…and life! We’re so happy to be able to offer them to the RedBird community – please join us.
· Class is on Monday nights from 8pm to 9:00pm.
· Please register ahead of time here so we know to expect you.
· The class is BYOFR – Bring your own foam roller! (Get one like this, if possible. 36 inches is a good size.)
When you dwell in stillness, the judging mind can come through like a foghorn. “I don’t like the pain in my knee…This is boring…I like this feeling of stillness; I had a good meditation yesterday, but today I’m having a bad meditation…It’s not working for me. I’m no good at this. I’m no good, period…” This type of thinking dominates the mind and weighs it down. It’s like carrying around a suitcase full of rocks on your head. It feels good to put it down. Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as “good” or “bad.” This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Meditation means cultivating a non-judging attitude toward what comes up in the mind, come what may.
– Jon Kabat-Zinn