Restorative Yoga is a practice of allowing ourselves to unfurl, unwind, untangle - deep habitual holdings is a very advanced practice.
In restorative yoga we learn to relax all muscular effort, allow our body to land on the earth completely and our breath to flow freely. Then, if we find that we are still holding ourselves up somewhere, we relax all over again... and again... and again...
So the actual effort involved in restorative yoga is the willingness to look at how and where we are holding tension. And to learn to meet our tension with curiosity, patience, and kindness. This skill of Conscious Relaxation is at the heart of Restorative Yoga. Discovering where and how we hold tension helps us find room for change, so that tension won’t limit our physical, emotional, and mental wellness and our comfort in our body.
In addition, the grounding; complete, full breathing; and quietness of restorative yoga help us elicit the relaxation response, a neurological response that tells us we are safe, pulls us out of "flight or fight" mode, and initiates the body's self-healing process. This bolsters the systems of long-term health and healing, including digestion, elimination, reproduction, growth and repair, and immunity.
The profound effect that restorative yoga has on my students (and myself!) fuels my passion and dedication for helping others experience and develop skills in these healing practices.
Join me for an upcoming retreat or training and learn how to take your practice or teaching deeper.
Upcoming Retreats & Teacher Trainings
September 13-14, 2018 | Lambertville, NJ. DIG YOGA
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 (15.5 Hours)
September 14, 2018 | Lambertville, NJ. DIG YOGA
November 4 - 8 2018 | Kripalu, MA
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Intensive (27 Hours)
This comprehensive training combines Restoratives Level 1 and Level 2.
November 28 & December 1 - 4 2018 | YogaWorks, Soho NYC
Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training 60 Hour Training
Learn practical tools, techniques, and guidelines for working with those who have chronic or serious health conditions and a deeper understanding of your own skills and interests as a therapeutic yoga practitioner.
Program includes yogic and ayurvedic principles, protocols, and techniques for working with the most common side effects of stress, illness, and injury: insomnia, digestive issues, anxiety, and depression. You will gain confidence and tools for working in a variety of settings with a variety of conditions including injury, chronic structural and functional limitations, and chronic illness.
This training compliments the Restorative Trainings but does not include any Restorative Training with in it.
Receive a 100 Hour Certificate specializing in therapeutic applications of yoga after you complete 60 Hour Yoga Therapeutics program and 40 Hours of Restorative Yoga Training.
January 11-13 2019 | Kripalu, MA
Yoga Journal Presents: Restorative Yoga 101
A Guided Online Course
This four-week program offers a deep dive into eight essential poses you need to elicit a relaxation response. You’ll focus on simple prop setups to help encourage deep mind-body release and healing. Whether you are an avid practitioner, are new to restorative, or want to teach it effectively, this course will give you the tools to build a nourishing restorative practice.
Note: This course counts as 30 Hours of Yoga Alliance non-contact hours. This program is perfect for students and teachers of all levels.