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How Do You Practice Self Care? – Lisa Mitchell

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“Self care is not about self indulgence, it is about self preservation.”

A yoga teacher and acquaintance recently sent me this quote. Wham! It was one of those quotes that hit home immediately. I learned this lesson later in life — when I finally had to. As a woman and a mother, I was not so good at identifying my own needs and feeling like I could fulfill them. I might “run on empty” and then feel anxious, resentful (okay angry) and harried. It took me a while to “get it,” ask for support from my family and then put practices in place. I am still learning how to put me first. One of the non-negotiables in my life, is practicing yoga which includes breath work (pranayama) and meditation. One of the most healing, nurturing yoga practices I know is Restorative Yoga.

Restorative Yoga is about consciously choosing to take time to relax — a radical act for many. In Restorative Yoga, students use supportive props like bolsters (pillows), blocks, blankets and straps to move the body towards balance and health. Students remain in postures for longer periods of time to undo tension. You give yourself the important job of doing “nothing”!

I currently teach a Restorative Yoga class on Thursday evenings at Octopus Garden from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Consider this your personal invitation. I facilitate the class as a healing opportunity for you to be with your self and observe compassionately what emerges. It is very important to me to create a safe environment for students to “just be.” I consider myself fortunate to be able to teach from what I have learned in my own life. I hope you will feel this. There are often themes to my classes. I may ask you to set a healing intention for your practice. I teach breath techniques and may include a short meditation. My teaching style has been described as mindful. I have a particular interest in yoga for emotional well-being and will bring this flavour to my classes. I love poetry and inspiring passages and may share short readings.

Anyone can benefit from Restorative Yoga and you do not need yoga experience to participate. I pride myself on being welcoming and inclusive and I will help you get the hang of it if you are new. You might particularly want to explore Restorative Yoga if you are feeling stressed, anxious, fatigued, if you are recovering from illness, injury or loss.

I would love to meet you. See you on Thurs. nights at 7:45 p.m. Prioritize yourself — practice self-care.


Lisa Mitchell