Restorative yoga is about moving into a quiet state of being, away from the normal activity of the body and the mind. In this course we will incorporate practices of Tend and Befriend; and Rest and Digest, which allow us to replace stress reactions with breathing, mindfulness and considered responses.
All categories of asanas are practiced – backbends, forward bends, side bends, twists and inversions — in a completely receptive manner through the support of bolsters, blankets, straps, blocks and eye pillows. Each pose is held from 5-20 minutes giving the body ample time to unwind and move into the parasympathetic nervous system leading to deep rest and rejuvenation.
During this course, Cyndi will lead you through two full sequences of restorative poses, each designed for a specific energetic result. Following each practice we will look at several key restorative asanas and you will work in partners and groups to teach these poses to each other.
There will also be time for feedback and discussion about how to build your own restorative yoga class sequences, as well as how to offer restorative yoga asanas in studios where there are not a lot of props.
You will leave this training with more confidence in teaching restorative yoga classes as well as incorporating restorative poses into your regular active yoga classes. Bring three eye pillows and a notebook.
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Founder of NYC’s OM yoga Center (1998-2012), a mecca for yogis worldwide, Cyndi now teaches throughout the US, Asia, and Europe. Her root guru is the Tibetan master Gelek Rimpoche, and she has been ordained as a lay Buddhist chaplain by Roshi Joan Halifax. Cyndi has been teaching yoga for 40 years and meditation for over 20 years.
Cyndi’s upcoming book, Taking Refuge in Your Body, reflects her current focus on the integration of yoga, meditation and resiliency work, and its application to caregivers, chaplains, nurses, social workers, therapists, teachers and others.
She is the author of five other books including the classic yoga text: Yoga Body Buddha Mind; the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind, and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She is a regular contributor to numerous publications including Yoga Journal, Real Simple and Lion’s Roar.
Current on-line offerings include Restorative Teacher Training, Meditation Teacher Training, and Slow Flow: Sustainable Vinyasa for Life. www.cyndilee.com