Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training for yoga teachers, professionals who feel it would complement their skill set, or anyone who wishes to deepen their own Restorative practice.

This training will give you first-hand experience with Restorative yoga as a personal practice as well as practical experience with the details of setting up Restorative poses. You will learn when and how to modify the set-up for people who need it and if you plan to teach Restorative yoga in the community, you will be given the opportunity to teach a practice class to your peers. This training will connect Ayurveda, Tantra, and meditation with Restorative yoga postures. You will learn how to make good use of available blankets, bolsters, eye pillows, sand bags, yoga straps and blocks as well as how to invent your own props out of common household items. You will also experiment with other elements as a way to enhance your students' ability to relax and settle in your class.

The Elements: Part A

• Earth
• Water
• Fire
• Air
• Space/ether

These are the lenses (all elements in Part A) that are viewed and evaluated from for use in your Restorative class:
• Props: bolsters, sandbags, blankets, blocks, straps, eye pillows, hand weights
• Temperature
• Music 
• Mantra
• Pranayam
• Aromatherapy

Restorative Yoga: Part B
• Philosophy/Tantra: expansion, connection, alignment with positive vibrations
• Anatomy
• Nervous System: Sympathetic vs Parasympathetic
• Gunas: How these contribute to stress
: How these can be used to promote relaxation
• Culture: How it Affects How We Relax “the caffeine/wine paradox”
• Self-Talk: How it Affects How We Relax
• Mantra and Sankulpa: How These Unravel negative self-talk
: Choosing a Higher Vibration/compare Hertz of fear, doubt, guilt, anger VS love, compassion, joy
• Koshas: the deeper layers of ease
: How to navigate/guide budding sensitivity to koshas

Timing of Poses: Part C

• How long
• What order
• Introducing new poses
• Studies show that…

Teaching Methodology: Part D

• The “Go-To” Sequence: The How and Why of the order and timing and how to set up
• What if I Don’t Have Any Props?
• Voice Modulation

Doshas: Part E

• How they express themselves
• Trouble-shooting for Dosha and comfort/ability to settle

Part F: The Poses Deconstructed

1. Forward Folds
2. Chest Openers
3. Back Bends
4. Twists
5. Side Openers
6. Inversions
7. Savasanas

Part G: Energy Work: How to Protect Your Own and Sense it in your Class

1. Mantras for grounding/protection
2. Awareness: the double-edged sword
3. Setting the safe zones: temperature, permissions, (props, experiences, adding sandbags, etc), asking questions and body positioning
4. Clearing the space (aromatherapy/Ayurveda/shamanic traditions)

Practical: Group Work

1. Set up
2. Choosing a music sample
3. Class teaching
4. Feedback

Dates & Times:
May 22, 23, 24
June 12, 13, 14

Fridays 6:00-9:00pm
Saturdays 11:30-8:30pm
Sundays 1:00-7:00pm

$595 before April 1st
$650 after

Charlene’s first contact with a yoga mat was in 2004, when she tried yoga as a way to balance out injuries in various stages of healing. What began as a physical therapy practice, soon started to permeate through her mind and spiritual body. “The practice of yoga is like cleaning a deep layer of dust from your soul and not knowing what you might find when the image becomes clear. It takes a big heart, a lot of work, and the willingness to accept what you see.”

Today, Charlene is a Yoga Alliance Registered 500 hour teacher with additional certifications in Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda and Thai Massage. She is a talented Astrologer and a Leader in Women’s Spiritual Earth Wisdom ways. She wishes to thank her teachers, Katie McClelland for starting her on her yoga journey and Saul David Raye for guiding her through her advanced training, showing her the way to her big Bhakti heart and igniting her love of Kirtan.

Charlene runs her own business out of her home, Sunninghill Yoga and Thai Massage, where you can purchase home-made beeswax candles, ayurvedic lotions or book yourself in for a Thai Massage, a Reiki treatment, an Ayurvedic consultation or an in-depth Astrology and natal chart reading.

In Charlene’s class, she will gently guide you through an exploration of yourself using the lens of Tantra (philosophy), asana (poses), pranayam (breathwork), mantra (uncomplicated intentions), and meditation.

Her favourite pose is Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon) pose because it feels like a metaphor for life. “Sometimes it is easy to stand on one leg and look up without fear, and other times it is difficult to find balance. It is on these days when I know I need yoga the most to clear my thoughts, breathe, stop struggling and allow myself to wobble a bit.”

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