“Just because you’re doing nothing doesn’t mean nothing is happening.” - Gail Parker
Restorative Yoga has been referred to as the “Do-Nothing” yoga. It is a gentle, calming therapeutic style of practice that restores the nervous system, resulting in a sense of overall well-being that helps students remain centered and calm even in the midst of great challenge. Restorative Yoga is restful and supported Yoga. In this practice bolsters, blankets, and blocks are used to assist the body into a deep state of rest and relaxation helping students remain centered and calm both on and off the yoga mat.
Rather than using their own energy, students actually receive energy from the practice and leave feeling rested and refreshed. The poses are soothing and offer the opportunity to linger quietly for a few moments and savor the simple sweetness of life. As relaxing as a massage, more restful than a nap, Restorative Yoga is like pushing a restart button. It is a wonderful form of self-care. Whether a student is new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, Any-Body can do it and Every-Body benefits from it. Restorative Yoga teaches students to rest deeply, relax completely, and rejuvenate physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Deepen your personal practice and teaching techniques through the creative practice of Restorative Yoga. This training is open to students and teachers. You do not have to be a teacher.
In this Level I training you will be taught how to:
- Use props strategically
- Sequence a Restorative Yoga practice in such a way as to promote an optimal state of rest and renewal
- Teach poses that minimize and prevent stress, anxiety, and mild depression
- Incorporate Restorative poses into an active yoga practice
- Use supported poses for enhancing breathing and pranayama practices
- Apply learnings in small groups through student-teaching
About Dr. Gail Parker:
Gail Parker Ph.D., E-RYT-500 holds a doctorate in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Founder and CEO of Conscious Living LLC, Gail dedicates her time to teaching Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga and conducting Restorative Yoga teacher trainings. She is a meditation teacher and coach, and offers meditation classes and practices to individuals, groups and organizations. Gail facilitates The Joy of Meditation™ workshops and retreats, and is a frequent co-presenter at The Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™ at the Kripalu Health and Wellness Center in Massachusetts, and the Dahlonega Retreat Center in Georgia.
She currently teaches Yoga Therapeutics to students of Yoga Therapy in the department of Integrative Medicine at the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy, William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was a faculty member in the ground breaking Co-Curricular Yoga Therapy Program at Wayne State University School of Medicine, teaching Yoga Therapy to 1st and 2nd year medical students as part of their academic curriculum.
When she was a practicing psychotherapist, Gail appeared as a psychologist expert on local and nationally syndicated talk shows, including 7 appearances on the “Oprah Show”, as well as the “Ask Dr. Nandi Show”. She was most recently featured as a health and wellness expert on the benefits of yoga and meditation, in a nationally syndicated PBS health talk show series called “Feel Grand”, hosted by Emmy Award winning actress, Jane Seymour.
Gail authors a blog called Taking Yoga Off Your Mat™, offering tools for applying what you learn about yourself through the practice of yoga on your mat to enhance daily living off your mat.
She is married and the mother of one son.
- Friday, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
- Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. ** There will be a special 2 hour Saturday morning practice open to everyone from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. If you would like to participate in this class, and have not registered for the training, you must REGISTER separately. $45 investment.**
- Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- $325 Early Bird Special by January 22, 2016. No refunds, exchanges or transfers.
- $375 Regular Price
Accommodations + Places to Eat
Places to stay in Grant Park:
- Bed and Breakfast: The Social Goat
- Bed and Breakfast close to Grant Park (Inman Park): Sugar Magnolia
Air BnB Options in Grant Park:
Places to eat and shop around Grant Park:
- Carroll Street Cafe
- Six Feet Under (Grant Park location)
- Tin Lizzy's Cantina (Grant Park location)
- Doc Chey's (Grant Park location)
- Octane Coffee Bar + Little Tart Bakeshop (Grant Park location)
- Sevananda Natural Foods Market
- Whole Foods Market (Ponce De Leon)
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