Restorative Yoga

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Amanda Wood

Amanda found yoga as a way to ease sore muscles from years of playing sports. Her practice blossomed while she was in college, as the movement and mindfulness helped her navigate her new location and lifestyle. I...
 Restorative yoga is a powerful practice for bringing calm and groundedness to anyone’s life. It’s a perfect complement to the more active asana practices most commonly taught in the Western world, and offers a new perspective on what it means to be connected to the self and the present. 
  
  Join Amanda Wood for this two hour introduction to restorative yoga. The workshop will include an overview of   restorative   yoga, illustrate important considerations for teaching restorative yoga including injury prevention, consent practices, and trauma sensitivity, and will close with a restorative yoga practice.  

We’ll cover:   
  • What restorative yoga is   
  • The roots of restorative yoga  
  • How restorative yoga differs and supplements active asana practice   
  • Who can benefit from restorative yoga   
  • The realities of teaching restorative yoga (different body types, trauma sensitivity, and consent practices)   
  • Common restorative yoga props, and how to adapt when props aren’t available   
  • Restorative yoga sequencing methods   
  • A complete restorative yoga sequence for future use and reference   
 
 The workshop will begin with introductions, discussion of the topics above, and questions. We’ll then move into our restorative yoga practice session to experience the benefits of restorative yoga. We’ll close with time for final thoughts and questions.   
 
About Restorative Yoga:  Like anything in life, practicing asanas is a balance. Restorative yoga uses familiar shapes from active practices like Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga, but brings support and softness to the practice of the poses. This allows students to feel the subtleties of each pose, without demanding intense effort from the student. Practicing restorative yoga cultivates more connection with the body, the mind, and breath. It allows students to release tension and stress, and cultivate a calm, meditative state of mind.