“Restorative yoga has been helpful for my patients with diverse conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, high blood pressure, asthma, migraine and tension headaches, stress-related diseases, chronic fatigue, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer.” – Mary Pullig Schatz, MD
We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely.
During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited. The measurable results of deep relaxation include more balanced blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as improved digestion and elimination, reduced muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.
In this online course, Judith Hanson Lasater will introduce you to the experience of restorative yoga and some of the basic teaching principles for this important practice. The key to the healing benefits of a restorative practice are the supported poses and breathing practices, which help reset body and mind and heal the effects of chronic stress.
Here’s What’s Included!
Week 1: Nourish & Rejuvenate – The Art of Practicing & Teaching Restorative Yoga
Two Lectures on Teaching Restorative Yoga, PLUS 60-minute Restorative Yoga Practice with Judith and Lizzie Lasater
Week 2: Savasana: The Art of Doing Nothing
Lecture, Plus Restorative Yoga Practice with Judith and Lizzie – Learn the setup for a restorative version of Savasana
Learn why Savasana is the most important, yet most overlooked pose in yoga, and a wealth of tips to incorporate a restorative version of this important pose into your practice and teaching.
Week 3: Deepen Into Peace: Finding Time for Silence in Your Life
Lecture Plus restorative yoga practice with Judith and Lizzie Lasater
Week 4: Embodying Spirit: Deepening Your Practice – Practical Advice for Taking Your Yoga Off the Mat
What You Will Learn
- Why restorative yoga is an important adjunct to a regular yoga practice, and when and how to integrate it
- How a restorative practice can create the foundation of mental, emotional and physical relaxation to provide greater integration in your life.
- Key elements of a restorative practice, including poses, breath awareness and simple meditation techniques
- A basic restorative sequence to use for yourself or your students to nurture, restore, and heal
- Why Savasana is one of the most underused poses in yoga and how to make it work for you and your students
- How the essence of yoga is a profound process of self-discovery
- How we can integrate the deeper essence of yoga in our teaching with integrity and authenticity
- How to offer students a vision of the deepest aspects of yoga in an authentic and satisfying way – without pretense and without running the risk of offending students committed to a specific spiritual path.
- Practical ways to integrate some of the most valuable aspects of your yoga practice into your daily life.
This course qualifies for 7 non-contact hour CUs with Yoga Alliance.