The Gifts of Restorative Yoga

When I began my journey to acquire my 300 hour YTT certificate, I wasn’t focused on restorative yoga per se, but my mission was pretty clear. I wanted to work with people who needed to feel better in their bodies and also yearned to have a safe space to clear their heads. I, myself, had a background of trauma and understood if I was open to receiving yoga’s gifts I could move forward and leave my past behind. If I could do it, I knew others could as well.

So for additional training, I chose classes like Yoga for Chronic Pain and Restorative Yoga to really dive into the slow workings of the yoga practice I loved so well. Both gave me valuable information on how to teach but the latter gave me an unforgettable experience that would shape the way I showed up for my students.

Honestly, I’d only done restorative yoga once or twice, but those few hours on my mat had my curiosity piqued. I was there to learn, but many people in the class weren’t even teachers and they were using the training as a weekend retreat! I thought, “wow, this must be some powerful stuff.”

One of the things I always tell my students is that emotions can be triggered. I cried (ok, I bawled) during my training, and I let some sh*t go. Funny, I couldn’t tell you “what” I let go of exactly, but I felt this new surge of energy and positivity that this WILL change lives and I must provide it as a service!

Restorative practice is special. It gives the student an opportunity to check out and let go of whatever it is they’re holding onto…at least for that hour. It’s a respite from the to-do lists, family, work, and pain of everyday life whether that shows up emotionally or physically. I’m sure you can imagine how inviting in a practice like this could change the course of your life after 1 months, 6 months, or a year of continuously showing up to the mat.

And yes, you could argue that all yoga practices offer up this chance, but I would argue that not all yoga practices offer stillness.

Where there is stillness, magic happens. The brain quiets down, the body relaxes, tension seeps into the earth, worries are taken off our plate, and we are free to be in our simplest human form, where nothing is expected from us. Just the softness of our breath.

Teaching a restorative class isn’t only about the shapes, it’s about our voice, our touch (when assists are provided & allowed), and our intention as the teacher. The space holder and the person who says, “It’s OK to be here just for you.”

In our weekend training together, I’ll provide you with the tools to create a restorative class that will leave your students feeling relaxed and cared for. We’ll breakdown how restorative yoga helps the mind and body by exploring the anatomy of stress, sequencing, modifications, breathing techniques, assists and so much more!

Plus, I’m taking a cue from those who took the training for “retreat” purposes and giving you a slew of opportunities to experience the magic of restorative yoga for yourself. After all, there’s no better way to learn than by immersing yourself in the details.

I’m very much looking forward to taking this journey with you and showering you with the gift of Restorative Yoga,
Amber Kleid 500 RYT 200 E-RYT

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Amber is a yoga teacher who loves getting yummy with poses, and her sense of humor will make you feel at ease & welcome. Her teaching allows students to find their own expression in each pose… sometimes challenging, but always allowing time for breath, mind, and body to connect.

Amber has been practicing yoga since the mid 90’s, but her journey didn’t really connect until a few years ago when she was met with some hefty health challenges. Gradually, while practicing mindfulness & patience, her health improved, and she took her first Yoga Teacher Training in the hope that sharing her story would helps others overcome obstacles.

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