with Abbie Galvin & Reni Bickel

Saturday & Sunday, January 19-20th (2-7pm)
Price: $300 ($250 before January 14th)

The beauty of a restorative class is its potentially rich dialogue between taking residence inside oneself for the class’s duration, while listening to the poetry of theory spoken deftly by the teacher. This enticement inward is the deal a student makes with the teacher when they enter their midst. The task of the teachers is to engage each person with enough contact so that the students maintain their presence and curiosity in order to absorb theory, understand the pragmatism of the work they are doing, grasp the virtue of the poses they are embodying, and develop personal insights they glean from the whole enterprise.

Teaching restorative yoga in a general class can be a herculean effort for the teacher and should be a mellow one for the students. It’s kind of like teaching a private to a group of students. Teachers have to be well schooled in the art of making each participant feel as though they are attended to, while holding the room as a collective. At The Studio each student is adjusted numerous times during a restorative class. The poses are supported by blocks, straps, blankets, chairs, poles; but hands-on manipulation from a teacher and /or an assistant is primo for the experience we intend to provide.

Restorative yoga is a dialogue with one’s inner self, a conversation with the nervous system, a refinement of the container (the body), a set of techniques and ideas to move currency through personal turf. Teaching it has to include a way of seducing each student inward to be alone with themselves for the duration of the class. Restorative practice in a public class also endorses a good home practice; this workshop is for teachers looking to reckon with this theory and assimilate it into their teaching and for students who have already doused themselves in our material to more deeply profit from it.   

In this intensive we will learn how to set up conditions for this adventure.  This will include:

  1. Mastering the set- up’s of the restorative poses

  2. Learning their specific therapeutic benefits

  3. How to teach students the occupation of their imaginations while being in each pose

  4. Troubleshooting for when students arrive with injuries, physical complaints and emotional demands

  5. Ideas for sequences to teach