In keeping with the highest standards of yoga education that Octopus Garden is recognized for, we are pleased to add a restorative yoga component to our training curriculum. This 40-hour training, which will take place over two weekends in April and May, will provide a dynamic balance of theoretical understanding and practical integration. Like our other education programs, this restorative yoga teacher training will be comprehensive, rigorous, and transformative.
What is Restorative Yoga?
- Restorative Yoga is a powerful healing tool that reduces stress by supporting the body’s innate responses towards homeostasis and health.
- It is an integral element in any therapeutic protocol that combines both challenge and recovery; this includes not only yoga, but also body work and other fitness-related regimens.
- Through the use of supported yoga postures and breathing and meditative techniques, a profound sense of relaxation can infuse one’s entire being.
- 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.
Who will benefit from this training?
- Anyone who has or feels stress or who professionally treats clients suffering from the effects of stress.
- Given that stress is the number one cause of disease, it is important to integrate this healing modality into our own bodies first before sharing our knowledge and skills with others.
What skills will I learn during the program?
The worldview of Ayurveda will enrich the postures, meanings, indications, benefits, and pedagogy of Restorative Yoga. Specifically, you will learn:
- How to improve your ability to see imbalances in the body more clearly and to use restorative poses as an assessment tool in order to understand how imbalance occurs.
- How to set up 25 postures with available props and verbal cues.
- How to assess support and comfort.
- How to ease agitation.
- How to balance postures for particular therapeutic effects.
- How to explain the organic and emotional benefits of postures.
- How to inject the poetry of the elements and gunas into a broad-based understanding of the healing process.
- How to digest these postures over time as teachers, and how to continue to grow in restorative teaching skills long after the training ends.
- How to improve your ability to heal yourself and to empower others to heal themselves.
- An exam (online, multiple choice).
- Taking 2 restorative classes per week between intensive weekends (attendance will be free for trainees).
- Assisting or observing 1 restorative class, depending upon level of experience.
- Dates: April 12-14, May 3-5
- Time: Fridays 5:00-9:00pm; Saturdays/Sundays 9:00am-5:30pm + 2 practicum classes
- Cost: $800 (plus HST)
Read this article by Matthew Remski on the relationship between Restorative practice and Ayurveda.
Pat Harada Linfoot is passionate about the self-healing potential of Restorative Yoga for health and happiness. Rather than an adjunct style, she believes that the restorative paradigm embraces Ayurveda, functional and subtle anatomy, asana, pranayama, and meditation; in short, the integral elements of the healing process.
Matthew Remski, Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner, has helped hundreds of clients understand the tools and techniques of elemental and constitutional harmony. He is dedicated to the project of rejuvenating contemporary yoga with its maternal and naturopathic foundation: Ayurveda.
Alumni Share Their Experience
The training awakened a knowing in my heart and I feel that my foundation for teaching restorative yoga has been reset. The knowledge that Pat and Matthew hold is astounding — the information was presented in accessible, intelligent ways; equal parts theory mixed with hands-on, tangible, technique. I am grateful to them both for expanding my teaching toolbox and I look forward to cultivating the seeds of ideas they planted for years to come. – BW