RESTORATIVE YOGA WEEKEND IMMERSION + TEACHER TRAINING

 

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Given that stress is often cited as the one main causes of disease, many people could greatly benefit from deep relaxation through Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga can help you reduce stress and improve your physical mobility, mental wellbeing, breath awareness, and quality of sleep.

Our Restorative Yoga Weekend Immersion will help you deepen your understanding of a wide array of Restorative Yoga postures, relaxation and meditative techniques, physical alignment, nervous system function, breath physiology, and energetics. The Immersion will be comprehensive, transformative, and deeply rejuvenating. It will give you a solid foundation to improve stress management and bring self-care practices into your life.

The weekend immersion is open to anyone; no advanced yoga skills required. For yoga teachers and those wanting to share Restorative Yoga with others, there will be additional day of training and a practicum component following the immersion.

Immersion for all:

Friday evening, Feb 17, to Sunday afternoon, Feb 19, 2017
$260+hst (Early Bird is $230+hst when you register by Jan 15, 2017)

Schedule:
Fri Feb 17 // 7:00pm-9:30pm
Sat Feb 18 // 10:00am-5:30pm
Sun Feb 19 // 10:00am-5:30pm

Immersion + Additional Training for teachers:
Friday evening, Feb 17, to Monday afternoon, Feb 20, 2017
$380+hst (Early Bird is $350+hst when you register by Jan 15, 2017)
Friday to Sunday times as above + Monday, Feb 20 // 10am-5:30pm
*If you also register for Tensegrity YTT, you get an additional 10% off the fee for Restorative Immersion + Training (available in person only).

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Read more about the contents of the training portion below.

Why Practice Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a powerful healing tool that helps to reduce stress and support the body’s innate responses toward balance and health. As a very gentle form of yoga, restorative yoga integrates resting postures, breath techniques, and meditative relaxation. In restorative postures we use props such as bolsters and blankets to fully support the body in different resting positions.

While resting in these fully supported poses, tightness and tension in muscles and connective tissue can gently release and areas of stiffness can gradually unwind leading to more ease, greater range of motion, and better whole body alignment. Many restorative postures help to create more space and free in the movement of the respiratory diaphragm, and therefore can facilitate deeper, more easeful breathing. In each restorative posture we encourage awareness of breathing and meditative focus to help calm the nervous system, and profoundly relax the body and mind.

Restorative Yoga techniques may be helpful in the treatment of nervous system disorders such as insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and specific ailments such as skin conditions and infertility, and may be especially helpful for improving mental health. Restorative postures and sequences can be modified to target specific organ systems, sensory integration, mental/emotional qualities, and the energetic qualities of each unique season.

What will I learn during the program?

Our program will help you deepen your understanding of a wide array of Restorative Yoga postures, relaxation and meditative techniques, physical alignment, nervous system function, breath physiology, and energetics. This will provide you a wide scope of tools to use in your practice. Our holistic approach along with lots of individualized guidance and attention will help you deepen your understanding of the key postures, how to sequence them for the greatest effect, and how use restorative yoga to assist with common challenges such as insomnia, headaches, anxiety, back pain, menstrual difficulties, and infertility.

Specific skills include:

  • How to set up a wide variety of restorative postures with numerous modifications depending on the needs of the person and available props.
  • How to set up and feel empowered and inspired to practice Restorative Yoga and relaxation techniques on your own.
  • How to improve your ability to see/feel imbalances in the body more clearly and to use restorative poses and breathing techniques to bring greater balance.
  • How to find comfort, ease agitation, and increase mental and emotional calming.
  • How to balance and sequence postures for particular therapeutic effects.

Who will benefit from this training?

This training is broken into two components depending on your prior experience.

  • Friday evening to Sunday afternoon: for anyone wanting to reduce stress and deepen their understanding of Restorative Yoga. It is recommended you take at least 5 restorative yoga classes or workshops prior to the Immersion, such as Resilient Rest or Rest & Renew classes at Queen Street Yoga.
  • Friday evening to Monday afternoon: for yoga instructors, bodyworkers, and therapists wanting to share restorative yoga with it with others, the additional sessions on Monday and the practicum component will give you skills to integrate restorative yoga into your scope of practice or teaching.

Our Instructors:

The Restorative Yoga Immersion will be led by QSY co-directors Leena Miller Cressman (E-RYT 500) and Emma Dines (E-RYT 200). Together Leena and Emma have over a decade of experience teaching Restorative Yoga and a deep appreciation for the benefits of Restorative Yoga and relaxation techniques in their lives.

Two special guests will join us to help widen our scope of understanding. A guest lecture by Naturopathic Doctor Laura Tummon Simmons will help participants better appreciate the effects of stress and stress hormones on the body/mind and the benefit of relaxation to overall health. Candace Kakowchyk, D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O., Osteopathy (Manual Practice), will help illustrate the role of the breath in calming the nervous system and the explain the specific physical effects of key Restorative Yoga postures.

Additional Training/Practicum Components:

For yoga instructors, bodyworkers, and therapists wanting to share restorative yoga with it with others, the additional sessions on Monday and the practicum component will give you skills to integrate restorative yoga into your scope of practice or teaching.

The Monday session will include:

  • In-depth sequencing for Restorative Yoga
  • Techniques for guiding relaxation
  • Modifications, adjustments, and hands-on assistance
  • Practice teaching skills
  • Additional readings for review
  • Opportunities to observe and assist in Restorative Yoga classes, depending on level of experience.

 

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