Restorative Yoga

How to Become a Restorative Yoga Teacher

 By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, YACEP These days, many students ask how to become a Restorative Yoga teacher. As you move toward a healthier lifestyle, you may be considering teaching. Following some soul searching, you might also see teaching Yoga as a way to help others. Let’s look into becoming a certified Restorative Yoga …

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Modified Yoga Poses

Some students may even feel fear when they step onto the mat because they are afraid they will not be able to meet their own high expectations of themselves or the perceived high expectations of their teacher or the class at large. For instance, in some Yoga teacher training classes, there is a strong emphasis put on being able to drop back into Upward Facing Bow from a standing position. However, dropping back into this challenging backbend may not be appropriate for all teacher trainees, during every class.

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What Is the Purpose of Restorative Yoga?

This type of Yoga also uses props, such as blankets, straps, pillows, blocks, bolsters, walls, stools, chairs, or a mat, to support the body, which will allow you to hold poses longer. This eliminates unnecessary straining. It is believed that the more support your body is given, the more peaceful and restful you will be during and after your Yoga practice. As you begin practicing restorative Yoga, you will be able to drop into a place of great contentment.

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Restorative Yoga Poses for Anxiety

To practice Supported Supine Bow Pose, you will need a bolster and two blankets. If you do not have a bolster, fold a thick blanket or towel to approximate the same size and shape as a Yoga bolster. Place the bolster lengthwise on your Yoga mat. Fold the two blankets into squares and place them where your knees will be.

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Yogic Stillness Made Simple – Restorative Yoga

Restorative poses are derived from Hatha Yoga poses, although the English names may have been changed because instructors come from a mix of lineages. Although some poses are similar, they are set apart from their original styles to adjust the posture for the unique body of the student. This is a different approach, which Paulji teaches, in that the body does not have to fit a preconceived mold.

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