Release and Restore | 14 Days of Peace
From Jenn Collotta
An in-depth look into practice
Welcome to Release and Restore; a class designed to slow down your mind, dive deep into your connective tissue and fascia, and provide plenty of space for reflection.
So much of our lives are spent moving around, racing from one life obligation to the next. In today’s world where delayed gratification has become almost an anomaly, we may find ourselves forcing an outcome, craving a desired ending without ever holding space for the journey. This is a practice of patience.
As you hold a single posture for two to five minutes, you will be asked to shift your focus from force to surrender, movement to stillness, self-judgment to introspection.
During today’s class, we will focus on hip opening, particularly your psoas. This rope like muscle connects your front to the back, and your upper half to the lower half of your body is responsible for much of our movement and activity throughout the day. Chronic desk sitting, car driving, and chair resting can shorten this muscle over time leaving us with low back pain and a lack of healthy mobility.
Once you settle into each new deep hip opener, resist the urge to react to the sensations that arise. Give yourself permission to feel what rises within, connect to your breath, and watch as the intensity falls away. There is much to be learned in the space of non-reaction. May you meet yourself there; patient and observant, neither grasping nor hoarding, allowing all things to be just as they are.