Chris Hoskins formal studies of Restorative Yoga began in 1999 under the tutelage of Mary Paffard,
JoAnn Lyons and Nancy Minges.  He experimented with it for many years in his personal practice.  His
years of extensive experience teaching Restorative Yoga are rooted in his longstanding, wide-ranging
independent one-on-one training practice, classes, workshops and training one-on-one clients at The
Club at The Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, CA.  He teaches Restorative Yoga to a diverse
population that includes adults from a variety of professions, youth, seniors, people with disabilities
and special needs, athletes, martial artists and dancers.  He also trains other Yoga educators in the art
of teaching Restorative Yoga.


Lisa Ray includes Restorative Yoga as an important element of her personal practice and teaching. She
has studied Restorative Yoga with Chris Hoskins, Clare Finn and JoAnn Lyons. She incorporates it into
her work with cancer patients and finds that this work demonstrates the profound healing power of
Restorative Yoga.  
Restorative Yoga is extremely powerful in its ability to refresh and renew our whole being.  It is an
effective relaxing, rejuvenating stress buster that reduces internal pressure, fight or flight anxiety and
their resulting physical disorders.

Restorative Yoga is uniquely practical.  It is the most adaptable and least physically challenging of the
many approaches to Hatha Yoga.  This is due to the postures being physically passive rather than
physically active.  In Restorative Yoga, the practitioner is supported with props and literally does no
“physical work”.

Students need no previous Yoga experience to do Restorative Yoga.  Active Yoga practice requires the
practitioner to develop skill in using physical energy, strength, endurance and mental concentration to
experience support in the poses.  The point of Restorative Yoga is to be totally supported in the pose
and experience an absence of active mental and physical effort.  The intention in this type of Yoga is to
mentally and physically let go as much as possible.

Restorative Yoga poses are done with the assistance of blankets and bolsters, which are firm cushions
of various shapes and sizes.  Many of the poses are done supine (laying face up).  The bolsters and
blankets (folded or rolled), are skillfully arranged in different combinations beneath the practitioner for
support and to shape their body into the pose.  Adjustable cotton straps are used to help maintain the
contour of the pose.  Weighted sandbags may be placed on the body to ground and further refine
alignment.  Eye pillows are used to cover the eyes and lightly weighted bags are placed in the hands.  
These help the practitioner relax and drop away from external stimulus.  These tools are referred to as
“props”.  Using them, we always adapt the pose specifically for each individual’s body proportions and
condition. To learn more see
Restorative Yoga: How & Why Works             

We offer Restorative Yoga in One-on-One Sessions,
Workshops and Small Group Series Classes and
it is appropriate for anyone.  
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