Restorative yoga class changes

Yesterday I wrote that I was limiting the size of my Sunday night Unwinding class to three students. I realized last night from setting up a different way that there’s room for one more student.

So the new maximum is four. I have a couple of regulars and would love to have a couple more.

I encourage you to visit and find out for yourself if this class meets your needs. If you’d like to check it out, please call or text or email ahead (preferably by Sunday noon at the latest) to make sure there’s space and props for you. I’d love to introduce you to restorative yoga!

If you’re already a regular, please know how much I appreciate knowing when you’re not going to be there. You’ve been great about that!

Starting next week, I’m initiating something new — taking blood pressure and pulse/oxygen readings before and after class. 

One student has high blood pressure and insomnia. She says she always sleeps well after taking this class. I’m curious about whether there’s a connection between blood pressure and insomnia. She has a blood pressure measuring device that she’s letting us all use. 

I bought a fingertip pulse oximeter, which measures pulse rate and oxygen saturation. We’ll use that as well, before and after class.

I love reading what scientists have learned about the effects of practicing yoga. I’d like to add something to that body of work, even if it’s not a double-blind study with controls. Does everyone’s blood pressure decrease after a restorative class? If so, how much? Does their pulse slow and oxygen saturation increase? How does this tie into stress, sleep, and being centered?

Stay tuned to find out!

2 thoughts on “Restorative yoga class changes

  1. I’d be curious as to results of the pulse oximetry readings. I am currently researching how breath affects the body~ I also would be interested to know if the class size has an impact on the change in the readings, heat of the room, etc.

  2. Evy, I haven’t measured my yoga students’ oxygen levels yet. I may have gotten an oximeter that’s not very sensitive. In my own experiments, I could change my readings with yogic breathing, but they didn’t carry over when I returned to normal breathing. However, there may be subtle improvements over time in one’s baseline oxygen level… I’d love to hear what you discover.

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