09. February 2018 - 18:00
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Restorative Yoga Intensive with Melissa Smith | Om Grown Yoga and Tea Bar | Friday, 09. February 2018

Full Weekend Price: $300
Friday Master Class ONLY: $35

Course Description:
Restorative Yoga, through long held, prop supported postures, teaches that even though a pose appears to be still, there is a subtler action going on that involves a symphony of breath and body that brings the entire being into a state of deep repose and release.

The Benefits of a Restorative Yoga Class Include:
- Powerful relaxation to access a state of pratayahara (a withdrawn state).
- Restoration and exploration of the mind, body and soul in passive postures.
- Energy flow and healing with utilization of props as playful tools through active restorative postures.
- Clarity, connection, and a spirit of offering through ishvara pranidhana (the divine within).
- Moving meditation warmup and the graceful presence accessed with long held postures.

General Outline:
- Experience multiple restorative classes.
- Create a balanced practice through the structure and sequencing of class. Including: movement warm-up; pranayama; sankulpa (class intention and theming) through philosophy, asana, or personal experience.
- Learn valuable alignment skills and cuing techniques that meet the students where they are today.
- Break down active and passive restorative poses.
- Utilize props as tools for enhancing a pose in supportive and nurturing way.
- Obtain credits toward yoga alliance continuing education with 16 contact hours.

This course is open to all who would like to deepen their yoga practice whether you plan to teach a restorative class or not. So much can be gained with the understanding of the adaptations of traditional yoga poses with the utilization of props. With support, energy is received, tension is released, circulation is improved without the need to expend great energy.

Supplemental Reading:
Leeann Carey - Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being
Donna Farhi - The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work
Judith Hanson Lasater - Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

Required Props:
Yoga mat (non-skid, sticky no more than 3/16” thick)
2 Yoga Blocks (standard size, 4”x6”x9”, cork or thick foam (not the flimsy ones))
1 bolster minimum (2 or more is ideal; standard size 8” x 27” x 32.5” around 5lbs; Flat ones seem to be a great starter. Both oval/round and a flat one works best for training and home practice. Blankets can be used on top of flimsy bolsters to stiffen or add height as needed.)
3 minimum- up to 5 Blankets (5 is ideal, 3 is your minimum; these Mexican blankets are a good choice. I prefer ones a bit thicker and made out of a mixture of poly/cotton. Thin blankets are not as useful unless you’re in a hot climate and it can be used to as a thinner layer to cover the body for longer held poses where the body temperature drops. Or for filling smaller gaps around the cervical spine, for example. For the budget conscious, you use what you have at home to start and then add to your collection, as you grow and need more.)
2 Yoga straps (10’ is preferable, better longer than short and a similar price to 6’, giving you much more options. Look for one with a D-ring and is thick and durable. It is worth investing a good one.)
1 bath or beach towel (medium to thick)
1 hand towel
1 wash cloth (to use as an eye pillow and prop)
1-2 sandbags (If you already have one or are a DIY person- it’s an incredible tool.)
1-3 eye pillows (One that is lighter is a great idea. The heavier the weight, the more pressure on the cornea which will stimulate sleep. We would like them to stay in a state of consciousness rather than sleep, which would make a lighter or a wash cloth a good choice. Choose one with a removable cover for washing.)
About Melissa:
With a passion for teaching teachers, Melissa Smith, 500 ERYT, offers an individualized approach to restorative yoga. Her style of yoga is a blend of traditions from many teachers from all over the world spanning more than a decade. This integrated approach will take you on an journey into cultivating a curious eye when teaching and guiding you through a how to conduct a safe, transformative passively supported asana class. While there is no one recipe for every person, she will offer a very clear systematic approach to sequencing and cuing that will help you cultivate discernment in what to look for in offering modifications in certain poses for individuals with inflexibility, hyper-mobility, injury, pregnancy, or other medical conditions.