Restorative Yoga, Somatic Rolling and Embodied Meditation are 3 practices that have a direct impact on the tone of our autonomic nervous system. They help calm the sympathetic and activate the parasympathetic pathways, which we may experience as relaxation, quiet presence, or inner-ease. In the longer run, regular work with our nervous system leads to better management of it's changing states, quicker recognition of our patterns and triggers, and a wider variety of choices in how we respond to the external stimulation.
About restorative yoga:
Restorative yoga uses gravity and other forms of support (walls, cushions, chairs blocks) to create gentle passive openings in the tissues and achieve relaxation in the entire neuro-muscular system.
Maintaining restorative postures releases, hydrates and revitalizes fascia. It allows those areas of the body that tend to accumulate stress, to gradually soften the resistance and surrender to gravity. This process calms the nervous system and can become "imprinted" as a new habit of releasing stress at will. Gradually, this practice can lead to the prevention of future accumulation of tension in the muscles, fascia and the organ system.
About somatic rolling:
In somatic rolling we practice discovering our relationship to gravity as a source of support. We move from relaxing with gravity, into effortless rolling and spiraling on the ground, to discover the paths of least resistance and tap into the original design of spirals in the body. Movement and meditation merge into one practice of heightened proprioceptive and interoceptive awareness, gradually taking us to a place of no guidance or instruction, where the non-voluntary, spontaneous expression can emerge.
During the seminar you will learn
- The basics of the central-peripheral, somatic-autonomic nervous system divisions, to distinguish the motor and sensory properties of the nervous system, as well as the sympathetic, parasympathetic and enteric branches of the autonomous nervous system. You will learn how to recognise and embody states, transitions and associated pathways. You will experience the flow between the sympathetic and parasympathetic limbs of the autonomic nervous system, and you will learn to stimulate the parasympathetic vagus nerve. Embodied understanding of the workings of our nervous system improves the way we respond to the demands of the environment.
- Restorative sequences that address anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue, difficulty in breathing, and shoulder and back pain. You will be given notes with pictures of poses and all the props required.
- Short restorative sequences that can fit into your daily routine
- Chair Yoga sequence
- Somatic/interoceptive rolling on the ground - sequences that release tension from the muscles and organs.
Teachers will additionally benefit from learning:
- Restorative postures that can be inserted in the beginning or at the end of any regular yoga class
- Variations of poses to accommodate different students' needs
- The appropriate sequences for a complete restorative yoga session, with pictures of poses and props
- Chair yoga sequence
- Creation of atmosphere, structure of the class, duration of stay in poses, transition elements, timing, guidance
- Sequences for easier somatic rolling on the ground
- Sensit Yoga Methodology
- Meditation techniques, some common resistances and myths about meditation, and how to help yourself and your students acquire a consistent meditation practice at home.
Dates & Hours
12, 13, 19 and 20th September, 9:00-12:00am
Price: 190 Euros,
This workshop is open to all pracititioners. If you are a yoga teacher, you can count the hours of this program as 15 hrs of continuing Yoga Alliance education, and 12 hours of Sensit Yoga Studies 300hrs.