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 April and May, 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 qualities, and the energetic qualities of each unique season.
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, eastern philosophies, energetics, and meditation techniques, in order to provide a wide scope of tools to use in your practice.
- 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 aliments and disorders such as migraines, back pain, nervous system imbalances, infertility, and more.
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.
- An exam (online, multiple choice).
- Homework assignment (to be completed between weekend intensives)
- Taking a minimum of 6 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 level of experience.
- Dates: April 11-13, May 23-25
- Time: Fridays 5:00-9:00pm; Saturdays/Sundays 10:00am-4:00pm + 2 practicum classes
- Cost: $800 (+HST)
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 functional and subtle anatomy, asana, pranayama, and meditation; in short, the integral elements of the healing process. Pat co-directs Octopus Garden Yoga Centre and its Yoga Education programs.
Scott Davis is a renowned yoga teacher and doctor of oriental medicine with over 15 years experience in helping people find and maintain optimal health. His extensive knowledge of yoga as a therapeutic tool combined with his clinical practice in complementary medicine has resulted in an innovative, synergistic, and compassionate approach to healing and well-being. Scott co-directs Octopus Garden Yoga Centre and its Yoga Education programs.