This course will examine the basic principles of a restorative yoga practice and how to use a variety of props to support the body in various asanas. Poses are held longer to enable a deepening of relaxation, which supports the practitioner to move beyond the muscular/skeletal experience of the poses. This will enable the student to understand how the practice can calm, rebalance, and support the body on several levels: physiologically, systemically, organically and pranically. We will also examine the effects of inversions, the foundation of any restorative practice, in more detail and how to create a safe practice environment for students in these poses.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- How to incorporate restorative poses into your yoga practice and support student’s in theirs.
- Understand the deeper effects of a well-sequenced restorative yoga practice.
- How to create a safe practice environment for exploring inversions, including headstand and shoulder-stand.
- How to use props, including the chairs, blocks, bolsters, belts and variations on the Yoga Wall.
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED READING
Restorative 101 Manual
Basic understanding of yoga asana and a consistent yoga practice of at least one consecutive year. Attending regular classes at Naada Yoga and/or another institution. Reading all required assignments, keeping a practice journal and in-class notes, and discussing practice-related questions.