Restorative Yoga Teacher Training & Immersion Sessions
with Rachel May
Participants may now choose up to 50 hours of training in restorative yoga!
Our first weekend will be a traditional 20 hour training in the restorative asanas; learning the basics of restorative yoga, variations, sequencing & assisting with props.
Participants are then welcome to add any immersion weekends that are of interest; choosing from Ayurveda & Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Sri Vidya Meditations for Restorative Yoga. Each immersion weekend adds an additional 10 hours to the CEUS accrued.
Participants are also welcome to attend any of the immersion weekends independently: to enhance their current teaching or practice, or to add to their current Restorative Yoga CEUs.
Tuition for Entire Training & Immersion Sessions:
$595/ $540 if pre-registered by 10/1/2020
This training and immersion sessions are open to all YA certified teachers for 20 hours of continuing education. They are ALSO open to any students and wellness/ healthcare/caregivers professionals who want to learn more about restorative practices: for non credit hours.
Restorative Teacher Training (20hr)
October 10-11, 2020 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
This two day training will give all 200 hour certified yoga instructors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the art of restorative yoga. The hours spent in training, plus the take home project due within 30 days of the training’s end, will give the instructor 20 CEUs through the Yoga Alliance; as well as the confidence and skill to teach restorative to their yoga communities!
We will discover the immense benefit that restorative yoga practice gives: from the nourishment of the nervous system to the boost to the immune system. We will cover 15+ common restorative asanas. We will discuss variations for different physical challenges that we ourselves, and our students might encounter. Each pose will be experienced using a wide variation of props and assisting; as well as appropriate sequencing and timing for restorative classes. We will get to practice supporting one another and guiding one another in restorative poses; and will learn how to stabilize our own centeredness and ease so as to support others in finding theirs. We will also work through some common mudras to incorporate in your restorative practices.
Included in this training is a manual of the asanas; as well as access to a community Dropbox that includes photos of all variations of poses.
Tuition: $270 / $235 if pre-registered by 10/1/2020
Immersion Session 2:
Ayurveda & Restorative Yoga
Sunday November 22, 2020 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
This one-day immersion will give yoga instructors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the relationship between the ancient science of Ayurveda & the art of restorative yoga. We will discuss the origins of Ayurvedic philosophy, as well as go over Ayurveda 101. We will then dive into how to relate our restorative practice to the dynamics of Ayurveda. This will include learning how the various restorative poses support or imbalance the doshas; understanding how restorative sequencing can stabilize the vayus; discovering how to support different doshas with additional restorative practices outside of asana, such as pranayama & meditation; and learning how to shift our teaching to create more balance in our own elemental experience. We will also learn how to cultivate seasonally balancing restorative sequences and how to incorporate the senses to balance the doshas in a restorative class.
Included in this immersion is a manual of Ayurveda & Restorative Practice; as well as access to a community Dropbox that includes the practices we discuss.
Tuition $130/$115 if pre-registered by 11/1/2020
Immersion Session 3:
Sunday December 20, 2020 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
This one-day immersion will give yoga instructors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ancient and transformational practice of yoga nidra. We will discuss the origins of the practice, as well as what specific dynamics are needed for a meditation to be yoga nidra. We will go through various scripts so that we can start learning to lead the practice or build on our skill of teaching yoga nidra. We will both practice yoga nidra together, and take turns observing one another move through the practice: to better understand how to be a concrete tether for our students as they practice. We will practice teaching it together, learning how to lead clearly & gently as we guide our students through the stages of consciousness. We will also learn meditation practices to help us ground and soften into our own deepest state of receptivity; so that we may teach from a meditative space.
Included in this immersion is a manual of Yoga Nidra; as well as access to a community Dropbox that includes the variations of yoga nidra for our use outside of the immersion.
Tuition $130/$115 if pre-registered by 12/1/2020
Immersion Session 3:
Sri Vidya Meditations for Restorative Yoga
Sunday January 24, 2021 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
This one-day immersion will give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ancient meditation practices of Sri Vidya combined with the art of restorative yoga. We will discuss the history of Sri Vidya & the philosophy system of tantra & meditation. We will discuss the benefits of these practices on their own, as well as how the practices of Sri Vidya support and deepen the benefits of restorative yoga. We will go through many of the most common Sri Vidya meditations, including shava yatra (a practice for alleviating tension & trauma from the nervous system) and bhutta shuddhi (a chakra cleansing practice) among others. We will discuss how to incorporate these both in our independent restorative practices as well as in our restorative classes. We will also practice guiding one another in these practices, learning how to ground and soften into our own deepest state of receptivity; so that we may teach from a meditative space.
Included in this immersion is a manual of Sri Vidya Meditations; as well as access to a community Dropbox that includes the variations of the practices that we may use outside our immersion.
Tuition $130/$115 if pre-registered by 1/5/2021
Rachel May has been teaching yoga since 2001. She is a 500ERYT through the Yoga Alliance; and received her initial 500 hours through Saraswati River Yoga. Rachel is a direct student of Shree Vidya adept Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati. She studies continuously in the Shree Vidya lineage; a merging of tantric yoga methodology and the science of liberation. Rachel is also an Ayurvedic consultant; continuously studying under the American Vedic Institute and Dr. David Frawley. She teaches at various studios in the Bucks County area; as well as in rehabs, offices and many other spaces in need of healing and love. Restorative Yoga and /meditation have always been Rachel’s personal favorites to practice; and have been a significant part of her teaching experience for 15 years. Subtlety, softness and restful presence are integrated in all of her classes; and she feels they are essential to all yoga practice. Rachel lives in Hatboro PA.