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Where to Take Restorative Yoga in Boston Right Now

Feel stress melt away with each breath at these studios offering restorative yoga in Boston.


Coolidge Yoga / Photo provided

Forget about the to-do list and turn off your computer. You have one job to do when you head to one of these studios offering restorative yoga in Boston: Relax. It seems to be a tall order nowadays, but it is possible if you remember to harness the power of your breath.

1. Spa Yoga at Mission Hill Yoga

This 75 minute, floor-based class engages all five senses with candlelight, music, aromatherapy, hands-on assists, and sometimes chocolate (to engage your tastebuds). The movements are slow and deliberate, with an extended guided savasana at the end, making it a great option for beginners.

Class times vary, 1467 Tremont St., Boston, 617-652-0523, missionhillyoga.com

2. Gentle Yoga at Om Namo

Through deep breathing exercises and passive postures, this class encourages ample rest and relaxation. You’ll use bolsters, yoga blocks, and blankets to make the practice as comfortable as possible for you, and modifications will be offered.

Class times vary, 21 Belmont St., Cambridge, 617-868-0756, omnamocenter.com.

3. Restorative Flow at South Boston Yoga

Enjoy occasional live music during this restorative flow at South Boston Yoga. It’s offered every Sunday night at 6:15 p.m., so you can start your week off on the right note and prepare for a restful night of sleep. You’ll work through Pranayama (or breath work), meditation, and poses held for long periods of time.

Sunday evenings, 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m., 36 W Broadway, 617-315-7448, southbostonyoga.net.

4. Yin Yoga Express at Coolidge Yoga

Don’t let “express” in the title fool you. This class is anything but express. Utilizing meditation and passive poses, yin yoga has been known to help with digestion and muscle recovery, among other things. Less active than its counterpart, yang yoga or vinyasa yoga, it’s a good complement to other training modalities.

Classes vary depending on location, 15 Worcester St., Boston; 1297 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-879-0861, coolidgeyoga.com.    

5. Restorative Yoga in a Hammock at Swet Studio

If you have trouble relaxing from the ground, try letting gravity take control and hang from inside a hammock. At this aerial yoga studio, you’ll meditate and flow through joint opening poses using a silk hanging from the ceiling. Don’t worry, though—you’ll only be about three inches from the ground.

Class times vary, 480 Tremont St., Boston, 617-670-0631, swetstudio.com.