Restorative Yoga and Somatics
20 hours | Lifetime access | £397 or £39.70 over 10 months
Restorative Yoga and Somatics
Offer relaxation combined with gentle movement to enables the nervous system a chance to "reset" from stress to relaxation response.
- Offer a variety of poses that create a relaxation response in your students
- Compliment restorative practice with the gentle movement practice of Somatics that works through the nervous system
- Offer effective ways to connect mind and body to help move into deeper states of rest
- Develop an understanding of the interconnection of our physical body, with the life force or subtle body by learning through the kosha model
This online course covers the content through a mix of talks, demonstrations, practices and course notes, with all material available to study in your own time.
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How can we best relax both body and mind?
Both Restorative yoga and Somatics gentle movement practice give the nervous system a chance to "reset" from stress to a relaxation response. In today's world, where stress and anxiety are at an all time high, this is more valuable and in demand than ever.
Through an understanding of the yoga kosha model - the 5 layers of our existence that describes the interconnection of our physical body, with the life force or subtle body - we can use restorative and Somatics techniques and practice to really enable our students to relax body and mind.
This course will help you understand how these two types of practice work together to down regulate the nervous system and be able to offer effective poses and practices in these disciplines to reduce stress and anxiety for your students.
What the course covers:
Understanding the nervous system
The course explains how the nervous system works and give you an understanding up-regulation and down-regulation, as well as an understanding of pain so you can teach a variety of postures without creating fear. We also introduce trauma sensitive yoga principles and how to create a sense of safety.
Teaching Restorative yoga
We take you through how to set up a range of Restorative yoga postures including how to help students set up and be comfortable in the poses, including use of props and managing the environment to aid relaxation.
We give you a foundation of Somatics understanding and go through detailed demonstrations of practices and breathing to give you full confidence to effectively teach these classes.
Restorative and Somatics sequences
How to use restorative poses Somatics together within a yoga class, with sequences to take students through from a stress state to "reset". We show you sequences and full practices you can use and ways to adapt and adjust poses to who you have in front of you.
Using the Kosha model
We help you develop a deep understanding of the yoga kosha model, to understand the integration of body and mind and how the mind and emotions play out in our physical experience. You can use this understanding to help your students connect body and mind for effective relaxation.
Complete course syllabus:
Module 1 - Understanding movement, pain & the nervous system
Module 2 - Somatics Foundations
Module 3 - Restorative Postures Demonstrated
Module 4 - Restorative Practices/ Combined Somatic & Restorative
Module 5 - Somatics Practices
About your teacher
I am a long time yogi & yoga teacher and Mum of one teenage son and 3 dogs! We live in Bristol UK. Yoga has been my life's practice and study and I love to share it with those who need to nurture and support their nervous systems. There is really no better way that through these practices which alleviate the stress of everyday modern life.
Restorative yoga has been a part of my life for 30 years. As someone who loves to be on the go, restorative yoga has been a deeply transformational practice for me & something I have loved sharing with students for the past 25 years. It has also helped me retrain my nervous system after early life traumas.
On discovering somatics 10 years ago I realised that the practice of Feldenkrais complemented the trauma sensitive work I was doing and started to integrate these practices into my Hatha classes & to study the philosophy of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's Body Mind centring.
This course also includes somatics classes with Cat Balham a long time bodywork and therapist working in Bristol.
What our students say:
"As I was fully expecting, it was chocca full of very high quality, evidence-based content. It's a difficult balance between explaining in western neuroscientific, psychological and movement science terms whilst also honouring the yoga tradition, explaining traditional background and context and leaving space for spirituality and I think you manage this extremely well."
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"“Thank you so much for a really inspiring course, full of relevant, accessible and key knowledge that I can feed back into my personal practice and teaching with complete confidence of understanding.”
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Over 30 years
of teaching transformative yoga and yoga teacher training courses
Over 15 years
of training teachers at the longest running yoga studio in Bristol
Over 1000 teachers trained
through my 200 hour and 300 hour advanced teacher training courses and intensives
14-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
If you aren’t completely satisfied with the course, let us know within the first 14-days for a full refund. No questions asked.