The twenty, thirty five and forty hour Restorative Trainings are rich exploration to inform the personal study as well as teaching skills of each student. In the thirty five and forty hour trainings students will learn the joys of restorative yoga through first-hand experience of the postures, and will also learn hands on experience in how to teach students of all levels. Also, students will learn the Ayurvedic, physiological, emotional, and biomechanical elements of each pose.
An extensive repertoire of beginner as well as advanced postures will be passed on to students according to the length of each training with the detail necessary to bring depth and life changing benefits to students. How to set up the postures in detail, as well as modify for a class with less props will be explored.
Andrea Peloso has been offering courses based on her extensive experience assisting Judith Lasater as well as other teachers for over a decade and has been studying with Judith and teaching Restorative since 2004. She now teaches regularly across North America and sometimes further afield. Andrea creates a safe, fun, educational, and healing environment in which to learn and grow as people and as teachers. See Andrea’s full bio.
In the context of this course we will be studying the science of the nervous system as well as Ayurveda and many different postures in different variations.
- Basics of Restorative Yoga
- Understanding the Nervous System: Parasympathetic and Sympathetic. How
- Restorative Yoga Affects the Nervous System.
- The well-propped pose: to prop or not to prop and why?- Stress related disorders, and how they can be caused by an imbalanced nervous system.
- Understanding the role of traditional wisdom and scientific understanding as it informs the Restorative Yoga Practice.
- Restorative Yoga and the 5 senses. Exploring these concepts practically through practice.
Elements of Support, Adjustments
- The psychology of deep support.
- The pranas and their relationship to Restorative Yoga.
- The role of mindfulness in the Restorative yoga practice.
- A detailed look at proper support of the hands, knees, back, pelvis, arms, and neck in Savasana and elevated chest pose.
- Use of blankets to move and support of the body.
- Art of touch.
- Adjustments with blankets.
- Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system with either props or adjustments.
- Use of weights, sandbags, smaller seed bag weights.
- The vayus and their relationship to Restorative Yoga.
- Cooling and Heating/ Calming and Stimulating: understanding the basics of what each restorative does to various systems and parts of the body according to traditional wisdom.
- A detailed beginning exploration of these concepts through Setu Bandha Sarvangasana and Supta Baddha Konasana.
- Ayurveda, Western Culture, and Restorative Yoga: The Three doshas and how they relate to Restorative Yoga.
- Understanding the affect of these poses on the full digestive system.
Breathing, Soothing, Lungs, and Liver
- Supported Shoulderstand,
- Supta Paschimottanasana, and Adjustments.
- Closing or opening the lungs with blocks.
- Restorative Twists.
- The emotion of anger. Restoratives for the liver – healing stagnation, or invigorating. Restoratives for Pitta Imbalances.
Pelvis and Lower Back
- Grounding the Femurs and balancing the pelvis.
- Restorative Variations on Grounding the pelvis, and healing the Back.
- Using pillars
- Setu bandha sarvangasana variation with bent knees, and sandbag.
- Supine Balasana.
Women, Men, Intersex: Prostate, Menses and Menopause
- Menses: an irregular or painful Moon Cycle/ PMS
- Poses for Prostate
- Poses for Menopause
- Supta baddha konasana with 3 variations
- Elevated Blocks pose.
- Heart and High Blood pressure: specific techniques.
Pregnancy, Fertility, Sides and Hips
- Supported Janu Sirsasana
- Supported Pigeon
- Restorative Yoga for Pregnancy, and Fertility. Restorative Side Stretches. Restorative side lying poses for scoliosis.
- Restorative Yoga and Pregnancy – a lecture on the stages of pregnancy, what to avoid, and when.
- Side Lying Savasana,
- Supine Virasana and variations.
Kidneys, Heart, Joints, and Depression
- Restoratives for Kidneys and Heart.
- Restoratives for Depression/ Kapha Imbalances.
- Understanding and modifying for specific injuries. Teaching Restorative Yoga with Case studies.
- Stimulating Restoratives: Restoratives for Depression, Kidneys and Bladder.
- Supporting various joint and structural injuries: specific issues, and techniques.
- Soothing Anger
- Calming distress
- Comforting Grief
- Awakening from dullness and depression
- Healing Anxiety
- Being Present to the Emotions in a Restorative Practice.
- The Art of Sequencing for Classes
- Restorative Yoga and the Four Seasons
- Teaching for Groups and Individuals
- Bringing Students to deep rest: ideal timing, atmosphere, reading the room.
- Practice Teaching: Gaining Confidence with presenting the material.
For Yoga Teachers, and all Interested
Many students have attended this training that were not yoga teachers either to inform their own health and wellness or to inform their line of work. While this certification is not enough to quality to teach Restorative Yoga in a professional Yoga, the training is a rich resource for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of their own health and looking into non invasive, gentle, affordable, but powerful tools for healing.
Those who have attended the restorative training in the past are police officers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, social workers, chaplains, or students seeking insight into their own health conditions from menopause, to fibromyalgia, to ms, to adrenal fatigue.
While this training does not promise to cure any condition whatsoever and is not a substitute for medical care it can be a very useful tool for activating the parasympathetic nervous system, a system that is often stressed and can foster good health.
In the same vein it is helpful for all people, and those who train seriously as athletes or in advanced yoga practices. This is a training where all who love restorative and want to learn are welcome.
Final Project for Restorative Certification
For Restorative Teachers there is a final project that completes your certification. Components for the final project consist of cultivating a home practice in Restorative, a photo journal of private classes with individual Restorative students, and a book report. There is a $60 fee for certification sent in at the time and a one year timeline to complete the project.