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The Anti-Power Yoga: Restorative Classes Make a Comeback

"For crazed top execs who are just go-go-go all the time, it's the one time they can just stop and let go," says Modo Yoga LA's Deena Robertson of the slow-go approach.
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Brantley Gutierrez

After years of increasingly hard-core cardiovascular yoga, classes known as restoratives are back. After a brief period of stretching, the practice takes you slowly through poses supported by blocks, blankets and straps.

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More than simply resting with focused breathing, restoratives open the body passively. Some classes involve gentle backbends to help reverse spine curvature caused by hunching over a computer. Classes are available at Exhale in Venice (245 S. Main St.), taught by Aaron Reed, and at L.A.'s Modo Yoga (340 S. La Brea Ave.).

Says Modo Yoga LA co-founder Deena Robertson: "We didn't think it would be the most popular class, and often it's packed. For crazed top execs who are just go-go-go all the time, it's the one time they can just stop and let go."

This story first appeared in the Jan. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.