In a world that is constantly triggering our threat-response system, restorative yoga is such a treat for our nervous system. Described by teacher-trainer Leena as “babysitting souls” this experiential training was both an opportunity to be nurtured, as well as a rich source of learning to share the gift of intentionally slowing down and tuning into ourselves. Highly recommend this training!
Deeply Chill: Restorative Yoga Immersion
Jan 21-22 or Feb 4-5, 2023
As a very gentle form of yoga, Restorative Yoga integrates supported resting postures, breathing techniques, and meditative relaxation. Together these practices allow the body to gently release areas of stiffness, gradually unwind tension, and find deep relaxation.
Our Restorative Yoga Weekend Immersion will help you deepen your practice and understanding of a wide array of Restorative Yoga postures, relaxation and meditative techniques, nervous system function, breath physiology, and energetics. The Immersion will be deeply rejuvenating, with lots of opportunities to practice techniques and to restore your body and mind. It will give you a solid foundation to improve stress management and bring self-care practices into your life. You’ll get our Restorative Yoga Manual and an Online Portal to support your practice with 6-months of access to videos and guided practices.
Dates - Two Options:
Jan 21-22, 2023 - Register Here
Feb 4-5, 2023 (New option!) - Register Here
Saturday: 1:00pm - 8:30pm (with 2 breaks, including a light dinner provided)
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:30pm (with 1 break)
Weekend Immersion fee: $250+hst.
Spots are very limited, register in advance.
Fee Includes: TBY Restorative practice manual, and an online portal for home practice videos and dinner on Saturday.
Who is the Immersion for? The Immersion is open to everyone; no previous yoga experience required.
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training: For those wanting to share Restorative Yoga with others, there are two additional weekends of training in February and March to complete our 45-hour RYTT Certification Program. Check out the RYTT webpage to learn more about the training.
Melissa Pyne - Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Professional Coach
Leena and Emma care deeply about the experience of their students. I sensed this throughout in their attention to every nuance, be it the thought put into the whats, whys and hows of their offerings to their considered responses to my explorations and queries. As promised, I had all the time and space I needed to fully practice and allow the many gems of restorative yoga to resonate in body and mind. I am happy for their influence on my journey to softening and more easeful living.
The Immersion will be a blend of luxurious Restorative Yoga classes, plus self-reflection, meditation, and nervous system basics to help you delve deep into practices of rest.
You’ll learn all the classic Restorative Yoga postures, get tried-and-true sequences for home practice, and learn modifications to help the shapes work for your body.
Deepening your restorative practice and fill your own cup so you can support others more authentically.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Hi! We're Leslie Stokman and Leena Miller Cressman.
Leena is the Owner & Founder of The Branches Yoga (previously Queen Street Yoga) and has been teaching Restorative Yoga since 2009. Her approach to restorative practices has been influenced by studies with Liz Koch of Core Awareness and her own intuitive experience using yoga to support her mental health.
Leslie has been teaching yoga since 2015 and also trains yoga teachers. She is a certified TRE Provider (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises) and her in-depth experience provides a deeply trauma-informed approach through a lens that heavily focuses on the nervous system.
Why Practice Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga is a powerful healing tool that helps to reduce stress and support the body’s innate responses toward balance and health. As a very gentle form of yoga, restorative yoga integrates resting postures, breath techniques, and meditative relaxation. In restorative postures we use props such as bolsters and blankets to fully support the body in different resting positions.
While resting in these fully supported poses, tightness and tension in muscles and connective tissue can gently release and areas of stiffness can gradually unwind, leading to more ease, greater range of motion, and better whole-body alignment. Many restorative postures help to create more space and freedom in the movement of the respiratory diaphragm and therefore can facilitate deeper, more easeful breathing. In each restorative posture we encourage awareness of breathing and meditative focus to help calm the nervous system and profoundly relax the body and mind.
Restorative Yoga techniques may be helpful in the treatment of nervous system disorders such as insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and specific ailments such as skin conditions and infertility, and may be especially helpful for improving mental health. Restorative postures and sequences can be modified to target specific organ systems, sensory integration, mental/emotional qualities, and the energetic qualities of each unique season.