In keeping with the highest standards of yoga education that Octopus Garden is recognized for, we are pleased to offer a Restorative Yoga component to our training curriculum. Like our other education programs, this restorative teacher training will be comprehensive, rigorous, and transformative. The program will consist of two intensive weekends over October and December, maximizing assimilation and integration of the material by allowing time for practice between intensives.
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.
- Restorative postures and sequences can be modified to target specific organ systems, sensory integration, mental/emotional imbalances, and the energetic qualities of each unique season/dosha/element.
Who will benefit from this training?
- Anyone who has or feels stress or who professionally treats clients suffering from the effects of stress, will benefit. 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 syllabus is both comprehensive and integrative, combining physical alignment, yogic breathing, meditation techniques, applied cranial sacral concepts, neurophysiology, subtle anatomy, and the science of Restorative Yoga.
- This holistic approach to healing will give you a deep understanding of the key postures, how to sequence them for the greatest effect, and how to address common ailments and disorders such as back pain, nervous system imbalances, digestive issues, and more.
- The program will provide a general overview of the Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) systems of healing and longevity.
Additional specific skills include:
- 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 improve your ability to heal yourself and to empower others to heal themselves.
- How to enrich your ability to frame the powerful technologies of yoga within a bigger context of nature.
- How to use craniosacral and myofascial release tools and techniques to down-regulate the nervous system and encourage body-mind connectivity.
- How to teach Yoga Nidra.
- Homework assignment (to be completed between weekend intensives)
- Taking a minimum of 2 restorative classes between intensive weekends (attendance will be free for trainees) which may or may not include assisting or observing 2 restorative classes, depending upon one’s level of experience.
- Dates: October 27th-29th & December 1st-3rd, 2017
- Time: Fridays 5:00-9:00pm; Saturdays/Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm + 4 practicum classes
- Cost: $800 (+HST)
- Deposit: $400 (+HST) due immediately to book your space. Deposit is non-refundable. Balance due before the start of the program.
- Discount: 50% off for Octopus Garden teaching faculty or anyone repeating the training; 20% off for current 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program participants and for any alumni of our Yoga Teacher Training programs.
Pat Harada Linfoot is passionate about exploring the intersection of asana, restorative, meditation, and therapeutic movement practices as a conduit to healing and optimal health. As the co-owner and director of Octopus Garden Yoga, Pat continues to teach classes, workshops, and retreats, and to mentor and train teachers. She is committed to teaching yoga as a therapeutic model that stimulates physical, psychological, and spiritual growth. As such, she teaches asana, restorative yoga, and meditation privately with a focus on cultivating emotional resiliency for anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Stacey Hauserman sees yoga and Osteopathic Manual Therapy as a way to help herself and others connect to their true nature. She passionately believes that this is the place where healing exists. Her experience working with injuries, neurological and degenerative disorders has altered her approach to yoga. She combines her knowledge of anatomy, neurology, biomechanics, and physiology to bring a complete therapeutic approach to yoga.
Stacey completed a 200-hour teacher training program at Downward Dog Yoga Centre in 2004, and more recently, Octopus Garden’s 300-hour yoga education program. In addition to her in-house Osteopathic Manual Therapy and Registered Massage Therapy services, Stacey has taught for Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy School and continues to teach various continuing education courses to movement teachers and massage therapists.
YuMee Chung is a recovering lawyer who teaches yoga in Toronto. She is on the faculty of a number of yoga teacher training programs and leads local and international yoga retreats. She is the Toronto Star’s resident yoga expert. YuMee has studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, self-massage with Jill Miller, and anatomy with Gil Hedley.
Taryn Diamond is an energetic and inclusive instructor, drawing from experience in facilitation, gender analysis, and a commitment to social justice. Having practiced yoga for a decade, Taryn began sharing her love of yoga upon completing over 500 hours of Yoga Education at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in 2012.
Nadia Vallescura discovered yoga in 2003 as a therapeutic means to balance the demands of her corporate career. Her lifelong journey for truth and self-inquiry led her to complete over 500 hours of Advanced Teacher Training and 40 hours of Restorative Training at Octopus Garden Yoga Centre. With an eye for depth and purity of purpose, she has furthered her studies in Yoga Philosophy, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Holistic health, physical and subtle body anatomy, and Ayurvedic Medicine.
Angela Warburton has been treating, educating, and empowering people about their health since 2001. Raised in North America, but trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is Angela’s passion to bring this ancient wisdom, combined with the most up-to-date, relevant, and impactful options available for her patients and students, into the modern world. Speaker, writer, teacher, and practitioner, she works with people to make this medicine easy to understand and integrate into everyday life with compassion, humor, soul, and as much joy as possible!
Angela is the clinic director of Urban Wellness, a faculty member at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, and a regular guest speaker and guest expert on the CBC.