Milo Minnis: Reflections from 11+ Years of Teaching Restorative Yoga

by Restorative Yoga Poses on February 23, 2012

Get the inside scoop of what it means for seasoned yogi, Milo Minnis, to teach and share an empowering style of yoga. Milo teaches in West Seattle, Washington at Movement to Metamorphosis. See her complete profile here.

1. Restorative yoga is a beautiful style of yoga, both powerful and gentle. How did you initially come to learn about this type of yoga?

During my study of yoga asana I was introduced to Judith Lasater. She was the first teacher to bring Restoratives into a workshop. I was drawn to its simplicity and it’s contradiction to active asana.I then went through Judith’s beginning and advance Restorative training and was hooked

2. What key intentions do you share with your restorative yoga students?

Each session I set a different intention but the overall theme is that there is power in just being still and allowing your body to open rest and heal.

3. Please share any personal transformations and insights that you’ve gained through your practice of restorative yoga.

Without restoratives I personally would not be as calm about life as I am. I believe that my health is greatly impacted by my practice of restoratives. My students and clients are always coming to me with stories of how profoundly Restorative has transformed them. Such things as getting in touch with a personal road block, lowering blood pressure or soothing migraines.

4. In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of restorative yoga?

The most profound benefit is people learning that being still combined with activity keeps them healthy.

5. If you could name one pose that has truly supported you in a way that allowed you to open, release, and restore your body and mind unlike any other pose what was that pose and why was it so empowering?

Vipariti Karani (legs up the wall) and any support savasana.

6. Would you say you are a different person after practicing restorative yoga? In what ways has restorative yoga changed your life?

It has enhanced my life and gotten me to be more mindful. It has slowed me down. I have ADD and it helps me focus for longer periods.

7. What would you recommend to students that are new to restorative yoga?

Go slowly. Don’t try and stay in a pose for too long. Work up to 20 minutes by doing a restorative 1 or 2 times per week.

8. There has been some inquiry for restorative yoga poses for women with breast cancer. Can you suggest any poses that would be particularly helpful?

Restoratives are healing, there have been studies done to prove that. Just do them. I would like any savasana and maybe a support backbend.

9. Please share any specialties (ie. Aromatherapy, meditation, sound healing, etc) that you include in your classes and/or areas that you focus on in particular (anxiety, stress relief, chronic pain).

Restoratives are my specialty. I think that that is enough for most people. It is in a class by itself. I see Restoratives as a form of meditation and healing. Always set an intention for your students to focus on but don’t confuse the practice with too much else.

10. What do you think will be the future for restorative yoga? Do you see the need increasing and in what ways will restorative yoga be able to serve people in the coming years?
I am finding that as baby boomers get older more people are seeing the benefits of incorporating stillness into their lives. My classes are also filling with the younger generation who are so stressed out that they need something to slow them down. I see it just getting more popular and sought after by people practicing Yoga.

To start today with Restorative Yoga classes find Milo and other teachers listed on the Restorative Yoga Teacher’s Database.

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