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Jan
14
to Jan 19

Moving Toward the Center: Pranayama Intensive at Mount Madonna

This year my annual workshop at Mount Madonna Center will focus on our yoga practice, including Active poses in the first session of the day,  and Restorative poses in the afternoon session. 

But our special focus will be on pranayama, the practice that uses the breath as a vehicle to carry us “toward our center” in a subtle and powerful way.

Both our Active and Restorative poses will therefore be selected specifically to open us to our breathing. While it is not well-known, in traditional yoga training pranayama practice was much more important than asana practice. We will approach the topic first from breathing awareness techniques that are suitable for all levels of students, and then move into traditional pranayama practice. Classic yoga teachings state that pranayama is the gateway to meditation.

In addition to the classical techniques of practice, we will explore ourselves through discussion, short writing assignments, and the cultivation of an introspective attitude.

This intensive is for you if:

  • You regularly practice pranayama.
  • You do not presently practice pranayama regularly but really want to.
  • You are curious about the effects of the regular practice of pranayama.
  • You want to understand better the relationship of the effects of asana on pranayama practice.
     

"What I appreciated most about Judith's Pranayama Intensive was the thoughtful, progressive structure of the workshop. Each class segment was organized thematically around principles of practice and respiratory physiology, asana to prepare for Pranayama, and restoratives to integrate. My understanding of asana and pranayama sequencing grew by leaps and bounds. One of my favorite workshops!" - Mary E. Richards, M.S.

 

"Judith's Pranayama Intensive was a tremendous experience for me.  After years of studying pranayama from a distance its safe to say that I had my best experiences of this practice over this Intensive.  The practice felt organic, gentle and profound rather than technical.  The week left me with a deep sense of clarity and enthusiasm for the power of the practice of pranayama.  I now have a personal pranayama practice that I feel joyful about.  Judith's asana classes connected directly to the breath and left me with new and refreshing insights into this relationship.  I would recommend this workshop to anyone curious about pranayama and also the relationship of asana to the breath:  its a wonderful chance to explore, heal and learn.” - Andrea Peloso, Yoga Teacher and Teacher trainer

 

"Judith’s discussion and carefully sequenced preparatory asana enabled me to have much more profound experiences during pranayama.  I didn’t think an entire workshop of breathing would hold my attention.  But, Judith’s discussion and preparatory sequences not only changed my perspective on pranayama but enabled me to comfortably sustain longer and more profound meditations. I’ve practiced breath awareness for decades but the approaches I learned at Judith’s pranayama workshop refined and improved my breathing in daily life and my practice. Judith’s pranayama workshop was not dominated by formulas.  Instead, it was inwardly focused and her expert discussion and preparatory work, enabled me to connect with a profound origin of my breath and release subtle tension I had been holding between my exhales and inhales. The workshop would benefit both new and experienced practitioners." - Bernadette Unger, Teaching yoga since 2002

 


The suggestion is that you register early as this workshop is limited to 50 people and is expected to fill quickly.

TO REGISTER AND OBTAIN HOUSING FOR THIS RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP YOU NEED TO DO TWO THINGS.

1. TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASSES, send a check for $799 dollars (in US Funds only) made out to:

Judith Hanson Lasater
156 Madrone Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127

*BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Your full name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number

Refunds: Please note that there will be NO REFUNDS for the workshop portion of this course after December 1, 2017, FOR ANY REASON.

This is about six weeks before the workshop, which is the minimum time needed for people on the Wait List to make plans to attend

Please respect this deadline.


2. REGISTER FOR HOUSING AND MEALS AT MOUNT MADONNA CENTER:

Here's the link to register for housing at the MMC.

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Jan
25
to Jan 27
USA

Rest and Silence near Kansas City

Rest and Silence: Practicing from Stillness, Spaciousness & Ease

“One of the greatest lacks in our life is, paradoxically, “nothing,” writes Judith Hanson Lasater.

“We rarely take time to just be, to rest, to feel silence, to hear our deepest heart’s longing. We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled.

We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, endless promises to ourselves to do less. But we don’t.”

This year our annual workshop will focus as usual on our yoga practice in both Active and Restorative Practice, blending the rewarding work of payanayama and meditation into the mix.

This year, our overarching theme will be to add to our practice the reason why we avoid deep rest and silence.

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Mar
4
to Mar 6

Rest and Silence in Vancouver, Canada

Rest and Silence: practicing from stillness, spaciousness and ease.

One of the greatest lacks in our life is, paradoxically, nothing. We rarely take time to just be, to rest, to feel silence, to hear our deepest heart’s longing.

We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled.

We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, and endless promises to ourselves to do less.

But we don’t.

This year our workshop in Overland Park, KS, at The Yoga School of Therapeutics will focus on our yoga practice in all its forms: asana, both Active and Restorative, pranayama, and meditation. 

But our overarching theme will be to add to our practice a special focus on how we avoid deep rest and silence, what we are resisting and why, and how we can move past our addiction to constantly doing more and more, and finally arrive at our own safe port.

In addition to classical techniques of practice, we will explore ourselves
through discussion, short writing assignments, and the cultivation of an introspective attitude.

Strongly recommended reading to prepare for this three day workshop: 

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Ayer

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever by Marie Kondo.
 

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Mar
6
to Mar 8

One True Thing in Vancouver, Canada

The practice intention for our time together will be One True Thing. 

Discussions and practice will point us toward a deep self inquiry. What values shape our practice, our teaching, our life? What is the best guide to deepening our sense of profound bodily and emotional ease?

We will focus on and feed our yoga practice because it is the foundation to becoming who we already are. 

We we will begin each day with a practice intention and a short talk and discussion on the theme of One True Thing. 

Then the first practice session every day will focus on Active poses, as well as how to develop a series of poses that gradually take you deeper.

The afternoon sessions will focus on Quiet Practice, including Restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation. This afternoon practice will help us learn how to elicit stillness and contentment within us.

Highly recommended reading for the training is:

The Zen Commandments: Ten Suggestions for a Life of Inner Freedom by Dean Sluyter.
 

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Mar
24
to Mar 28

Moving Toward the Center: Pranayama Intensive in London

But our special focus will be on pranayama, the practice that uses the breath as a vehicle to carry us “toward our center” in a subtle and powerful way.

Both our Active and Restorative poses will therefore be selected specifically to open us to our breathing. While it is not well-known, in traditional yoga training pranayama practice was much more important than asana practice. We will approach the topic first from breathing awareness techniques that are suitable for all levels of students, and then move into traditional pranayama practice. Classic yoga teachings state that pranayama is the gateway to meditation.

In addition to the classical techniques of practice, we will explore ourselves through discussion, short writing assignments, and the cultivation of an introspective attitude.

This intensive is for you if:

  • You regularly practice pranayama.
  • You do not presently practice pranayama regularly but really want to.
  • You are curious about the effects of the regular practice of pranayama.
  • You want to understand better the relationship of the effects of asana on pranayama practice.

Bookings are being taken by Yogacampus for this event – registration won’t open until September/October 2017. If you sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Facebook, you will be notified when the course has opened for bookings.

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Apr
11
to Apr 15

Relax and Renew®: Learning How to Teach Restorative Yoga: Level 1 in London

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative Yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, and the reduction of muscle tension and generalized fatigue.
 
In this 30-hour Level 1 workshop, you will learn the art and skill of teaching Restorative Yoga. All aspects of the subject will be covered, including the physiology of relaxation, the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of Restorative Yoga, special poses for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, and how to sequence and teach a class in Restorative Yoga. At this time, more than 900 teachers have been trained in Restorative Yoga in the United States, Japan, Canada and England.

Bookings are being taken by Yogacampus for this event – registration won’t open until September/October 2017. If you sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Facebook, you will be notified when the course has opened for bookings.

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May
14
to May 18
USA

Moving from the Organs in Chicago

Moving From the Organs: Deep and Therapeutic Asana Practice from the Inner Body

We often focus on practicing our poses from the spine, arms and legs. But the ancient teachings of yoga also dealt with the opening and quieting of the organs of the body, like the heart, kidneys and liver that are found in the “kunda” or vessel holding these organs.  

During this workshop we will focus on specific poses that create a healthy balance for the organs in the chest and abdomen, as well as explore the theories of why they work. All types of poses will be studied, including backbends, inversions, forward bends and twists. 

We will also spend some time on specific therapeutic applications that will be immediately applicable to ourselves and to our students.  

This will essentially be a practice workshop. We will begin each day with a focus intention and then go directly to practicing Active poses. In the second session of the day, we will focus on a Quiet Practice – Restorative yoga, meditation and pranayama. Throughout the workshop we will return our awareness to stabilizing and balancing from the inside, as well as focusing on how to teach others to do so.

This 25-hour course is all about practical knowledge. We focus on learning what helps us practice with awareness and teach with confidence.

  • Do you wonder how to deepen your yoga practice?
  • Are you sometimes bored with the same old same old poses?
  • Are you interested in connecting your yoga practice with the deeper streams of energy in your body?
  • Do you like the idea of having a new tool to help your practice, and your teaching be more enjoyable and something you look forward to?

Then this workshop is for you.

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Jul
16
to Jul 20

Relax and Renew®: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga: Level 1 in San Francisco

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative Yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, and the reduction of muscle tension and generalized fatigue.
 
In this 30-hour Level 1 workshop, you will learn the art and skill of teaching Restorative Yoga. All aspects of the subject will be covered, including the physiology of relaxation, the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of Restorative Yoga, special poses for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, and how to sequence and teach a class in Restorative Yoga. At this time, more than 1,000 teachers have been trained in Restorative Yoga in the United States, Japan, Canada and England.

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Aug
20
to Aug 24

Relax and Renew®: Therapeutic Applications of Restorative yoga: Level 2 in San Francisco

Participants must have completed Relax & Renew®: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga: Level 1 with Judith Hanson Lasater and currently hold a Relax and Renew® Trainer certificate before registering for the Level 2 course. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS PREREQUISITE.
 
Those who teach Restorative Yoga frequently discover the amazing power of this practice. Building on the basics you learned in Level 1, this 25-hour training will cover the more complex and therapeutic aspects of teaching Restorative yoga. The workshop will include a section focusing on the therapeutic aspects of inversions. We will also work with poses that may benefit anxiety, depression, infertility, dysmennorrhea and other conditions. In addition, Roger Cole, Ph.D. and yoga teacher, will present for two hours on the physiology of relaxation.

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Sep
6
to Sep 8

Living Your Yoga in Iceland

What we do "on the mat" is given perspective by how we live our lives off the mat. In this workshop we will use short discussion from the Yoga Sutra, active asana practice, as well as Restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation to create a juicy and livable practice to take home.

The first class each day will focus on "active practice", moving, strengthening, and working with awareness. Included will be such poses as standing poses and backbends.

After a short break, we will return to the mat for a "quiet" practice of meditation, pranayama and Restorative yoga. This well-rounded practice will serve to center and inspire us as we open our hearts to living well in the world.

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Oct
1
to Oct 5

Experiential Anatomy in Orange County, California

  • You and the Mat Yoga Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experiential Anatomy for yoga teachers and serious students is unlike most anatomy classes.

We do not start with learning lists of anatomical facts; instead we start with what you already know: asana practice.

From asana, we extrapolate the anatomical and kinesiological priciples
that you have experienced in your body. We just give names to what you already have felt and “know in your bones”.

This 25-hour course is all about practical knowledge. We focus on learning what helps us practice with awareness and teach with confidence.

Many students have offered the feedback that this course was not only interesting and fun, but provided a firm basis for their teaching.
 
Is this course for me?

  • If you have been shy about studying anatomy, this course is for you.
  • If you have felt bored at the very thought of studying anatomy, this course is for you. 
  • If you have felt excited about learning anatomy, but the only courses near you are just academic and lack a practical focus for yoga teachers, this course is for you. 
  • If you have studied anatomy, and just want a refresher with a yoga emphasis, this course is for you.
     
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Oct
15
to Oct 19

Relax and Renew®: Learning How to Teach Restorative Yoga, Level 1 in Austin, Texas

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative Yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, and the reduction of muscle tension and generalized fatigue.
 
In this 30-hour Level 1 workshop, you will learn the art and skill of teaching Restorative Yoga. All aspects of the subject will be covered, including the physiology of relaxation, the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of Restorative Yoga, special poses for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, and how to sequence and teach a class in Restorative Yoga. At this time, more than 1,000 teachers have been trained in Restorative Yoga in the United States, Japan, Canada and England.

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Nov
5
to Nov 9

Relax and Renew®: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga: Level 1 in Rochester, NY

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative Yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, and the reduction of muscle tension and generalized fatigue.
 
In this 30-hour Level 1 workshop, you will learn the art and skill of teaching Restorative Yoga. All aspects of the subject will be covered, including the physiology of relaxation, the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of Restorative Yoga, special poses for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, and how to sequence and teach a class in Restorative Yoga. At this time, more than 1,000 teachers have been trained in Restorative Yoga in the United States, Japan, Canada and England.

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Jun
2
to Jun 4

Experiential Anatomy Video Shoot

  • 445 Summit Road Watsonville, CA, 95076 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Welcome behind the scenes. 

Join us for a retreat weekend filled with yoga anatomy, laughter, and creative film production. 

This is your opportunity to be featured in the upcoming Experiential Anatomy digital course taught by Judith Hanson Lasater and Mary Richards.

Pay for your room and board at the Mount Madonna Center and receive a free enrollment when the digital course launches (estimated $500 value.) 

The focus is movement literacy. Produced by Lizzie Lasater, this digital course will change the way you practice and teach yoga.

Let the learning adventure begin!
 

Name *
Name
Consent Form *
I have read and agreed to the terms of the Talent Release Form
Room Reservation *
I understand that I need to contact Mount Madonna directly to reserve my room. Here's the link.
 

FAQ

 

I'm booking my flight, what is the exact weekend schedule?

Our first event is dinner: Friday, June 2, from 5:30-6:30pm.

Please make sure you arrive at Mount Madonna for our group orientation meeting and grounding arrival practice: Friday, June 2, at 7pm.

On Sunday, we will film until 5pm.

 

Can I share a ride to/from Mount Madonna?

Carpooling is cool! If you're driving to the retreat center with empty seats in your car, please consider offering another student a ride. Here's a spreadsheet to share your information.

 

Do I need to bring any props?

Not for the shoot; Mount Madonna is fully stocked. If you want to practice in your room, please bring your personal mat etc.

 

What should I wear for the video shoot?

We do not expect you to buy anything new.

Of the clothes in your closet, please bring four outfits you feel comfortable wearing for practice or teaching yoga. 

Please minimize or eliminate:

  • Bright or neon colors
  • Black
  • Dizzying patterns
  • Large text or logos
  • Distractingly sexy cuts

For those of you who think visually, here are the color palettes we will be wearing:

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Mar
30
to Apr 3

Experiential Anatomy in London

Please register directly with YogaCampus beginning September 2016.

Deeply understanding the anatomy and movement principles of the body is an invaluable tool for yoga teachers and serious students. Not only does it help your teaching, it also enriches your own practice.

In this workshop we will practice Active and Quiet poses. But our work will be focused around learning specific anatomy by first feeling it in our bodies and seeing it in other bodies. Often participants in this workshop realize they already know a lot about anatomy because they feel it bodily rather than have the ability to verbalize it. The important next step is that we we will uncover together he movement principles (kinesiology) and be able to name the anatomical parts that are moving. It really doesn't help, for example, to know where the biceps muscle is if you don't understand how it works in various ways and with various other muscles. Our practice is about the moving, NOT static body.

Not only will we stretch the hamstrings, for example, but we will also learn exactly where they attach and what exactly it is they do in the body besides make forward bends challenging.

The required text will be Judith’s book, Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana, which will be available for sale at the workshop.

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Feb
26
to Mar 3

Moving From the Organs: Deep and Therapeutic Asana Practice from the Inner Body in Watsonville, CA

We often focus on practicing our poses from the spine, arms and legs. But the ancient teachings of yoga also dealt with the opening and quieting of the organs of the body, like the heart, kidneys and liver that are found in the “kunda” or vessel holding these organs.  

During this workshop we will focus on specific poses that create a healthy balance for the organs in the chest and abdomen, as well as explore the theories of why they work. All types of poses will be studied, including backbends, inversions, forward bends and twists. 

We will also spend some time on specific therapeutic applications that will be immediately applicable to ourselves and to our students.  

This will essentially be a practice workshop. We will begin each day with a focus intention and then go directly to practicing Active poses. In the second session of the day, we will focus on a Quiet Practice – Restorative yoga, meditation and pranayama. Throughout the workshop we will return our awareness to stabilizing and balancing from the inside, as well as focusing on how to teach others to do so.

This 25-hour course is all about practical knowledge. We focus on learning what helps us practice with awareness and teach with confidence.

~Do you wonder how to deepen your yoga practice?

~Are you sometimes bored with the same old same old poses?

~Are you interested in connecting your yoga practice with the deeper streams of energy in your body?

~Do you like the idea of having a new tool to help your practice and your teaching be more enjoyable and something you look forward to?

Then this workshop is for you.

The suggestion is that you register early as this workshop is limited to 50 people and is expected to fill quickly.


TO REGISTER AND OBTAIN HOUSING FOR THIS RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP YOU NEED TO DO TWO THINGS.

1. TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASSES, send a check for $799 dollars (in US Funds only) made out to:

Judith Hanson Lasater
156 Madrone Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127

*BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

~your full name
~your mailing address
~your email address
~your phone number


2. TO REGISTER FOR HOUSING AND MEALS AT MOUNT MADONNA CENTER DURING THE WORKSHOP, CONTACT MMC DIRECTLY:

 

Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Road
Watsonville, CA
(408) 864 4064
Email: programs@mountmadonna.org

 

3. SCHEDULE

Arrival and registration on February 26, 2017, Sunday, at 4 pm.

Class hours: Monday, February 27 - Friday, March 3:
10:15 - 12:15 and 2 to 4:45 pm every day.

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Nov
14
to Nov 18

Experiential Anatomy in Vancouver, BC

Please register directly with the studio.

Deeply understanding the anatomy and movement principles of the body is an invaluable tool for yoga teachers and serious students. Not only does it help your teaching, it also enriches your own practice.

In this workshop we will practice both Active and Quiet poses. Our work will focus on learning specific anatomy by first feeling it in our bodies and then seeing it in others. Often participants in this workshop realize they already know much about anatomy because of body awareness gained through practice, yet haven’t learned the corresponding anatomical terms and theory.

Together, we we will uncover and explore movement principles (kinesiology) and their applications, and name the anatomical parts that are moving. It really doesn’t help, for example, to know where the biceps muscle is if you don’t understand how it works in various ways and with various other muscles. Our practice is about the moving, NOT the static, body.

Not only will we stretch the hamstrings, for example, but we will also learn exactly where they attach and what exactly it is they do in the body besides make forward bends challenging.

This intensive pulls from the vast depth and breadth of Judith’s knowledge and expertise gained through 40+ years as a yoga teacher and physiotherapist. She has worked with tens of thousands of students, and thus can offer a well of experience comparable to none. She truly is an incredible resource for anyone wanting to better understand anatomy and biomechanics as it applies to yoga asana.

Required text: Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater. Please read at least the first chapter prior to the workshop.

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Oct
17
to Oct 21

Relax and Renew® Level 1: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga in Royal Oak, Michigan

  • Royal Oaks, MI United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the "good cholesterol" levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.

In this 30 hour Training we will learn the art and skill of teaching Restorative yoga. All aspects of the subject will be covered, including the physiology of relaxation, as well as the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the subject, including special poses for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, and how to sequence and teach a class in Restorative yoga. At this time, more than 2000 teachers have been trained in Restorative yoga in the United States, Japan, Canada and England.

To register please contact Sandra Rome:
Tel: +1 248/542 1692
romanscr@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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Aug
22
to Aug 26

Relax and Renew® Level 2: Therapeutic Applications of Restorative Yoga in San Francsico

Participants must have completed Level 1 Relax & Renew®: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater and currently hold a Relax and Renew® Trainer certificate before registering for the Advanced course. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS PREREQUISITE.

Those who teach Restorative yoga frequently discover the amazing power of this practice. Building on the basics you learned in Level 1, this 25-hour training will cover the more complex and therapeutic aspects of teaching Restorative yoga.

The workshop will include a section focusing on the therapeutic aspects of inversions. We will also work with poses that may benefit anxiety, depression, infertility, dysmennorrhea and other conditions. In addition, Roger Cole, Ph.D. and yoga teacher, will present for two hours on the physiology of relaxation.

Please register directly with Yoga Tree.

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Aug
18
to Aug 20

What We Say Matters: communicating with students, family and friends in San Francisco

Although language is probably the most important tool we have to connect with others, especially as teachers, we are sometimes not aware of the power of the words we choose. 

In this workshop, we’ll examine how the words we use with students, family and friends affects our relationships. How can we ask for what we want in ways that help us get it? How can be disagree with someone and still stay in connection with self and the other person? What does it sound like to speak from the concept of satya, truth? How do we deal with conflicts with family, students, at work?

Please register directly with Yoga Tree.

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Aug
6
to Aug 13

Practicing Yoga in Montana: An Act of Compassion Toward the Self

The Pipe” is more than just a special place. It is a magical place. But most importantly, the magic of the Pipe is that it simply changes lives. . . The Feathered Pipe Ranch has become my refuge, my home, my family.
— Judith

We are honored that Judith Hanson Lasater returns to the Feathered Pipe Ranch for our 41st anniversary season. She taught at the very first workshop ever held at FPR in 1975 and “the Pipe” has become a touchstone for her, her family, her friends and her students. And rightfully so. We will limit this retreat to 38 people to ensure it remains intimate and, so, very relaxing and healing. Every level of student, from beginners to teachers, are warmly welcomed.

Our yoga practice is a way to learn “who we are” not just something we “do”. Practicing not only shapes our lives, it also informs our teaching on fundamental levels. Every day we will have two practice periods. In the morning we will set a practice intention based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Then an active yoga practice will follow which will include, over the week, all the basic types of poses so our bodies are challenged with compassion and our minds are drawn inward by focus and curiosity as we enter the poses. In the afternoon we will focus on restorative yoga poses to deeply relax us from the stresses of modern life. Also included daily will be pranayama (breathing) and a meditation period.

The afternoons between lunch and afternoon class will be free for hiking, reading, napping, swimming in the lake, socializing, or just doing nothing. Judith strongly encourages the latter. Don’t bring work with you in any form. Our evenings together will include one Q&A about teaching and practicing which will be open to all, as well as a presentation by JoAnn Lyons, Judith’s long-time assistant on her work with students facing great challenges from disabilities. And of course it wouldn’t be Judith’s workshop without Friday night’s “Talent Show.” So do bring your instrument, poem to read, a joke to perform or dance to share. All acts thunderously applauded!

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Jul
25
to Jul 29

Relax and Renew® Level 1: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga in San Francisco

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the "good cholesterol" levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.

In this 25 hour Training we will learn the art and skill of teaching Restorative yoga. All aspects of the subject will be covered, including the physiology of relaxation, as well as the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the subject, including special poses for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, and how to sequence and teach a class in Restorative yoga. At this time, more than 2000 teachers have been trained in Restorative yoga in the United States, Japan, Canada and England.

Course hours: 
10 - 5 Monday
10:45 to 5:45 Tuesday - Friday 

Please register directly with Yoga Tree

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Jul
13
to Jul 15

One True Thing in Alberta, Canada

  • Yoga for Today Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Discussions and practice will point us toward a deep Self inquiry. What values shape our practice, our teaching, our life? What is the best guide to deepening our sense of profound bodily and emotional ease?

We will focus on and feed our yoga practice because it is the foundation to becoming who we already are. 

We we will begin each day with a practice intention and a short talk and discussion on the theme of One True Thing. 

Then the first practice session every day will focus on Active poses, as well as how to develop a series of poses that gradually take you deeper.

The afternoon sessions will focus on Quiet Practice, including Restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation. This afternoon practice will help us learn how to elicit stillness and contentment within us.

Highly recommended reading for the training is:The Zen Commandments: Ten Suggestions for a Life of Inner Freedom by Dean Sluyter.

Please register directly with  Yoga for Today Studio:
Tel: 780/416 4211
www.yogafortoday.ca

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Jun
20
to Jun 24

Relax and Renew® Level 1: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga near Chicago

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We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the "good cholesterol" levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.

In this 30 hour Training we will learn the art and skill of teaching Restorative yoga. All aspects of the subject will be covered, including the physiology of relaxation, as well as the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the subject, including special poses for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, and how to sequence and teach a class in Restorative yoga. At this time, more than 2000 teachers have been trained in Restorative yoga in the United States, Japan, Canada and England.

Schedule
June 20 - June 24, 2016
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Includes one hour break each day.

Location
Hilton-Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

Please register here.

Hosted by Prairie Yoga.

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Apr
13
to Apr 17

Relax and Renew® Level 2: Therapeutic Applications of Restorative Yoga in London

Participants must have completed Level 1 Relax & Renew®: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater and currently hold a Relax and Renew® Trainer certificate before registering for the Advanced course. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS PREREQUISITE.

Those who teach Restorative yoga frequently discover the amazing power of this practice. Building on the basics you learned in Level 1, this 25-hour training will cover the more complex and therapeutic aspects of teaching Restorative yoga.

The workshop will include a section focusing on the therapeutic aspects of inversions. We will also work with poses that may benefit anxiety, depression, infertility, dysmennorrhea and other conditions.

(please note: students MUST have completed Relax and Renew® Level 1 and received a Certificate of Completion in order to take this workshop. No exceptions.)

Please register directly with Yoga Campus

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Apr
2
to Apr 6

Relax and Renew® Level 1: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga in London

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the "good cholesterol" levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.

In this 25 hour Training we will learn the art and skill of teaching Restorative yoga. All aspects of the subject will be covered, including the physiology of relaxation, as well as the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the subject, including special poses for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, and how to sequence and teach a class in Restorative yoga. At this time, more than 2000 teachers have been trained in Restorative yoga in the United States, Japan, Canada and England.

Please register directly with Yoga Campus.

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Feb
8
to Feb 12

One True Thing in San Diego

Read more and register here.

The practice intention for our time together this year will include discussions and yoga practices that will point us toward a deep self inquiry. What values shape our practice, our teaching, our life? What is the best guide to deepening our sense of profound bodily and emotional ease? We will focus on and feed our yoga practice because it is the foundation to becoming who we already are. Highly recommended reading for the training is: The Zen Commandments by Dean Sluyter.

 

 

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Jan
25
to Jan 29

Experiential Anatomy in Coral Gables, Florida

Deeply understanding the anatomy and movement principles of the body is an invaluable tool for yoga teachers and serious students. Not only does it help your teaching, it also enriches your own practice.

In this workshop we will practice Active and Quiet poses. But our work will be focused around learning specific anatomy by first feeling it in our bodies and seeing it in other bodies. Often participants in this workshop realize they already know a lot about anatomy because they feel it bodily rather than have the ability to verbalize it. The important next step is that we we will uncover together he movement principles (kinesiology) and be able to name the anatomical parts that are moving. It really doesn't help, for example, to know where the biceps muscle is if you don't understand how it works in various ways and with various other muscles. Our practice is about the moving, NOT static body.

Not only will we stretch the hamstrings, for example, but we will also learn exactly where they attach and what exactly it is they do in the body besides make forward bends challenging.

The required text will be Judith’s book, Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana, which will be available for sale at the workshop.

Please register directly with the studio, Prana Yoga Miami.

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