Restorative yoga is about moving into a state of being, away from the normal activity of the body and the mind. By channeling the energies of the body -- wind, blood, lymph -- through specific pathways, restorative yoga creates a deep sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.
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 an experience of healing rest.
During this one-day OM yoga Restorative Teacher Training, Cyndi will lead you through a full sequence of restorative poses, each designed for a specific energetic result. Following the 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 these poses 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.
If you can, please 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. In 1998, she founded the OM yoga Center in NYC, which became a mecca for yogis worldwide. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi is known for her dynamic and contemplative classes, creative, safe and sane sequencing, smart and soulful teachings — all offered in a non-competitive environment of goodness.
When she’s not on the mat and cushion, Cyndi writes. Her newest book is the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind. Other books include Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She writes regularly for Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Yoga International and Tricycle Magazine. Her frequent TV appearances include the Dr. Oz Show; Live with Regis and Kathie Lee; Good Morning, America and she has a cameo in Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun video, which she choreographed in 1983. Cyndi holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and is a long time student of Gelek Rimpoche.