Devoted to Rest: A Restorative Yoga Immersion JANUARY 2021


Octavia Raheem

Octavia Raheem is an author, mother, yoga + meditation teacher. Octavia has received national attention for her work training yoga teachers and diversifying the yoga and wellness industry. Trained and mentored b...

You may know this motto “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Though rest and sleep are vastly different things (and we will explore this in our immersion) this motto within our community and the larger culture we exist within, alongside the systems, set of beliefs, and realities informing it are dangerous to Black Women and Women of Color. We face a number of physical, mental, and psycho social disparities that impact our lifespan and quality of life. Rest won’t necessarily change all of that at once. Yet we know rest impacts our nervous system and shifts us from the inside out.

Devoted {to} Rest is for Black Women and Women of Color Yoga Teachers, Wellness Professionals, Therapists, and Leaders who are ready to live, love, and work with more effortlessness, grace, and ease. It’s for yoga teachers who crave a deeper experience and want to add more dimensionality to their practice and teaching. It’s for those of us who are tired of being tired and want to commit to self + collective care via rest within a group of accomplished women who are brave enough to lay down because rest requires courage in a world hell bent on working, grinding, and hustling.

In this online immersive experience participants will:
– Be invited into more space, stillness, ease, and effortlessness in order to experience rest within their bodies
– Reconnect with their innate ability and right to relax, release, and restore.
– Reclaim the value of quietude in the midst of an exceptionally loud society and historical moment
– Experience rest as a source of power/empowerment
– Cultivate boundaries that honor their innate need and desire to rest
– Be held and nourished in brave community while resting, learning, and growing
– Have space, support, and guidance toward building a business, work schedule, or teaching practice that has more ease, space, and is anchored in rest

At the end of the experience students will understand the following in an embodied way:

  • The Purpose of Restorative Yoga
  • Why Restorative Yoga is an essential practice for Black Women & Women of Color
  • How to create a sacred resting place for themselves 
  • 3-4 Restorative Yoga Poses and how to modify them for self, students, and clients when teaching online
  • The Difference in Restorative Yoga & Yin Yoga
  • How to move toward effortlessness presented by Tracee Stanley
  • The effects + magic of sound meditation presented by Shana Nunnelly
  • How the Nervous System Works and about The Parasympathetic Nervous System presented by Jennifer Sterling 
  • How rest empowers  us and connects to our source of power
  • Creative ways to build or reshape a business or career that honors rest

Monthly Live Dates: 
  • January 29-31
  • February 26-28
  • March 26-28
  • April 30-May 2

  • Fridays- 7:30-9:00pm EST
  • Saturdays- 12:00-4:00pm EST
  • Sundays- 10:00-11:30am EST

Other time commitments
  • HomeRest (Not work:) includes: 20-30 minute daily rest practice, on your own
  • Weekly Livestream classes with Octavia Raheem, Wednesdays 7:45pm-9:00pm EST for duration of immersion. If you are not a member, you can purchase classes via drop-in. 
  • Two rest sessions with your restpod. *a restpod is a small group of individuals from immersion who gather {online} to rest together and share rest revelations