Workshops and Retreats are a great opportunity to deepen your yoga practice. They are designed to help you deepen your understanding of a particular aspect of the practice, but are not necessarily more difficult than regular classes.
WINTER/SPRING Restorative Workshops
January 25, 2015, February 22, 2015, March 29, 215, and April 26, 2014 from 4 pm - 6 pm
$120 for the series or $35/each session
*All payments are non-refundable, but may be converted into Namaste account credit (minus a $10 processing fee) if cancellation is received more than 72 hours before workshop.
January 25: The Heart of Winter
Come and replenish your body and spirit as we move through the depth of the winter season. Nourishing restorative hip opening will ground and replenish your nervous system, and nourishing restorative inversions will kindle joy and peace in your spirit.
February 22: Nourishing the Heart
Ground yourself with a deep restorative practice centered on the shoulders and gentle heart-opening. Come celebrate the creative spirit within each of our hearts in this sweet, but deep restorative series.
March 29: Opening to the Equinox
Take time to open up the body, wring out stress and winter kapha. This practice will center on restorative twists and renewing poses that free the breath to prepare your entire being for springtime.
April 26: Adrenal Support
This practice focuses on a restorative sequence designed to balance the stress hormones: cortisol and adrenaline. This practice is meant for anyone who needs a chance to replenish or feels like they are running on empty.
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training - June 2015
June 22-26, 2015, Monday through Friday from Noon - 5:30 pm at Namaste, Berkeley
Price: $525 for early bird (through May 15, 2015), $575 after May 15, 2015.
This training has been developed for current yoga teachers, as well as body workers, coaches, therapists and health care professionals who work the interplay of stress and healing. Advanced students who want to dive deeply into the study and practice of restorative yoga are also welcome.
What does it mean to be at ease in this moment?
Restorative Yoga is about moving into a state of ease and being, and away from the normal activity of the body and mind. Stress has become an expected part of our lives, and rest is the opposite of stress. Restorative Yoga creates spaciousness and a deep sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.
In this training, all categories of asana will be practiced in a completely receptive way. Props will be used to support forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions, in order to bring the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest) into dominance. This is the state of being where healing happens.
During the week, Vickie Russell Bell will lead you through several full sequences of restorative poses. Following the practices, you will work with partners and small groups to set up and teach key poses, and learn how to utilize the breath and other tools to support deep relaxation. There will be lectures and discussion on the science of restorative yoga, the nervous system and stress hormones, how to build sequences, and how to bring restoratives to the practice when you have minimal props.
In this training, you will gain a deeper understanding of the important role of rest and the subtle energy body. You will leave this training equipped with tools for building a restorative practice, incorporating restoratives into your active classes, developing personal programs for private students and creating your own personal home practice.