Studio: Studio ME Fitness
Location: 219 Main St SE, Suite 115, Minneapolis MN 55413
About Studio ME Fitness: Studio ME is located on historic St Anthony Main. Their website says, “We offer a variety of unique programs including: TRX Suspension Training, Bosu Balance training, Yoga, Shockwave, Indo-Row as well as small group and private training sessions. We are one of a few licensed facilities in MN that teach specialty classes of Indo-Row and SHOCKWAVE. Our classes accommodate ALL fitness levels and abilities with a focus on functional fitness to prepare you for everyday life.”
Restorative Yoga Description: “Having trouble staying focused? Falling asleep? Feel like you’re stuck in old patterns and bad habits? New studies have measured that a regular Restorative Yoga practice will aid in developing better digestion, elimination, relieving muscular tension, insomnia and fatigue.”
I really didn’t know what I was getting into! The class was an hour long and the instructor was great. She explained how to get into each pose and then we laid in the different poses on our mats while she talked lightly or while it was just silent with soft music playing. Each pose was held for several minutes. It was a passive stretching versus holding intense yoga poses. For example, we laid on our backs with our feet on the floor and knees up. Or we laid on our backs with our hips propped on a cushion with our feet elevated against the wall. (Interesting fact: If you’re a woman who is in the first few days of her menstrual cycle, elevating your legs and hips is not recommended as this can confuse your body and stop your cycle for months or even years! Not a good thing).
Here is the instructor, Siri, demonstrating some of the poses:
Once we are in the poses, she turns the lights down and plays soft music so you can really relax and if you’re not careful, you may fall asleep (I almost did!). Also, Siri had just finished teaching another fitness class beforehand so that’s why she is sweaty. You will NOT get sweaty during restorative yoga!
I have a hard time relaxing so it took probably 30 minutes or more before my heart rate started to slow down and my mind never stopped running but it still felt nice to let my body relax in the different poses and to take time to restore my body! And the instructor said, “don’t be surprised if you sleep better tonight” so that’s always a positive!
I have since gone back to this class several more times. I was prepared and dressed much warmer (compression socks, another pair of socks, long yoga pants, long sleeve shirt, and jacket). Sometimes the class is set up in stations where there is a different pose at each station and you rotate around. Also, there have been some different poses at each class I’ve gone to.
Bottom Line: The first time I went I didn’t love the class but now I really enjoy it! You’re not working up a sweat in this class and the first time I was dressed ready to workout (t-shirt, yoga capris, and yoga socks) and I was COLD! Luckily she gave us blankets to use but make sure to dress warm (long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt). If you’re looking for an intense yoga workout, this is not the class for you. But if you’re looking to take time to relax and restore your body, then I definitely suggest giving this class a try!
Check out StudioME Fitness if you are in the Twin Cities area!
***We were not compensated by StudioME Fitness in any way, all opinions are our own.