RESTORATIVE YOGA at THEE HOUSE OF YOGA by Jenna Lomazzo
Jenna Lomazzo is the owner of Thee House of Yoga in Indialantic. A licensed massage therapist, her passion for anatomy and healing drew her into the yoga world and strengthened her love for the craft. She completed the Bikram Yoga College of India teacher training in Los Angeles in 2002. Later in 2005, Lomazzo’s unquenchable interest in eastern modalities and healing techniques led her across the globe to Asia, where she studied Thai massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She then traveled to Hong Kong to help open the world-renowned Pure Yoga studios, where she spent four years studying and teaching all styles of yoga. Lomazzo is a certified yoga instructor, ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance. In 2007, she graduated from Byron Katie’s, “The School for the Work” in Los Angeles, and incorporates this meditation technique into her practice in order to further facilitate peaceful living.
Restorative yoga essentially restores the physical body and relaxes the stresses of daily life. Adopting restorative yoga is about practicing postures of complete support to allow ourselves permission to feel our own essences.
It is about less doing and more being.
THE RESTORATIVE ENVIRONMENT
A restorative yoga environment needs to be:
- Still, to become introverted.
- Quiet, as the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) must become dominant.
- Dark, allowing your brain to enter a state of rest. For millenniums, the natural world goes to bed when it’s dark and awakes with the light. Now, because of modern society, we have problems relating to this. Light is a direct stimulant to the nervous system.
ACTIVATING THE PARASYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
- The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is the part of the nervous system that relaxes the body, and most of us need parasympathetic training. When practicing restorative yoga…
… heart rate is slower.
… blood pressure is normalized.
… muscles are lengthened.
… breath slows down and is deeper.
… blood moves toward the internal organs and digestion is increased.
…the immune system is strengthened.