Workshops & YTT
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
December 9 – 12, 2021 at Mind Body Hum
with Jodi Boone & Heather Danso
Restorative yoga is considered the true antidote to stress because it allows you to relax deeply with awareness. Relaxing with awareness is the key to bringing the mind-body into a state of balance or homeostasis, similar to the effect of meditation. It’s easy to be swept away by the demands of modern life. Today’s pace of life means we are often in a state of high alert, causing our bodies to release stress hormones that stimulate the ‘fight or flight’ response. This affects our ability to sleep soundly, digest our food, focus, feel grounded, and even our ability to conceive a child.
Come experience the profound, yet subtle power of restorative yoga in this program, and learn to craft thoughtful sequences for yourself and others, using trauma-informed practices.
- Restorative yoga philosophy, benefits & methodology
- The art of propping practitioners in postures
- Sequencing, including how to address stress
- Effective, clear, and inclusive cuing
- Practical application of trauma informed methods
- Functional anatomy
- Working with students with special physical needs or injuries
- Teaching online, or with limited props
Register online here
Heather Danso, GCFP, E-RYT
Heather is devoted to helping people lower stress and find new possibilities for health, through restorative yoga, through mindfulness, as well as through honoring the intuition and experience of each individual. She incorporated and Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method® into her life as part of her development of strength and stability after multiple injuries. Her 35 years of dancing experience, 15 years of Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative yoga practice, as well as intense work in physical therapy through multiple modalities, inform her understanding of the body and movement mechanics. Her journey to healing has led her to seek a mindful approach to moving—an approach based on body-awareness, compassion, intentionality, expressiveness, and fun. Her formal training as a dance teacher and high school educator gives her a deep understanding for how the brain learns and that, as well as her extensive experiences with physical therapy, Feldenkrais, and yoga, informs how she structures classes. http://
Senior Yoga / Chair Yoga Teacher Training
NEXT TRAINING DATE TBD
It’s hard to define “senior” these days. Often we think of seniors as being of a certain age or age range. But today, a senior person cannot be defined by his or her chronological age. In the Senior Yoga classes I have taught, participants have ranged in age from 55 to 104. A person who is 75 can be absolutely age-defying, extremely active and physically fit, as well as able to attend a general hatha yoga mat class. Often though, people come to Senior / Chair Yoga classes because they have mobility issues, as well as other conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, joint replacements, stiffness and other often age-related medical conditions.
Working with this population is a beautiful gift and very inspiring. They are so eager to learn yoga, for so many it is new to them. Time and time again, participants are amazed at how the yoga makes them feel in their bodies – they notice more mobility and relaxation after just one session. Although, Senior Yoga is wonderful for seniors, it is an appropriate practice for anyone needing a gentle approach to yoga, as well as the support of a chair.
This training focuses on teaching chair yoga classes, as well as classes that combine both chair and mat yoga classes. You will learn how to teach people with different levels of mobility and health issues in an inclusive and safe way.
We will focus on age-appropriate movement, for the aging body, as well as taking into consideration what may be going on mentally and emotionally as we age. We will discuss in detail the most common health issues we see among students who attend senior / chair yoga classes, including high blood pressure, Parkinson’s Disease, previous stroke, joint replacement, partial hearing and sight loss, arthritis, osteoporosis and poor balance.
Additionally, there is a two-hour section dedicated specifically on how to teach yoga to people with Parkinson’s Disease.
In 2001, while teaching yoga at the YMCA, Jodi met a student with Parkinson’s Disease. His doctor had advised him to try yoga. Because of the severity of his Parkinson’s, it wasn’t the best fit for him to be in a group class setting. At that time, Jodi was a new teacher and was unfamiliar with Parkinson’s Disease and the benefits yoga could have. But, she believed in yoga and knew there must be benefits, so she began researching, and later began working privately with the student in his home. Over the months that Jodi met with him, she was amazed at how much he looked forward to the sessions. He relaxed during the sessions, and was able to practice a full chair yoga sequence that was tailored to meet his needs. Some years later, Jodi lived in Bend, and while there, began teaching yoga to seniors at the local senior center. In 2013, Jodi completed the Silver Age Yoga Teacher Training. Since 2014, Jodi has offered her Senior Yoga Teacher Training as part of a 500-hour teacher training program at Spirit Yoga in Osaka, Japan. Today, Jodi frequently teaches yoga to seniors living at University House in Wallingford, as well as privately.
Heather Danso will teach a special segment on Yoga for people with Parkinson’s.
Heather is devoted to helping people lower stress and find new possibilities for health and movement through yoga, Reiki, mindfulness, and by honoring the intuition and experience of each individual. She incorporated Yoga and The FeldenkraisMethod® into her life as part of her development of strength and stability after multiple injuries. A former high school teacher and dancer, she brings not only experience, but extensive training in alignment and functional anatomy. Her classes and private lessons focus on developing body-awareness, compassion, intentionality, expressiveness, and kindness. (RYT 200, and Yoga for Parkinson’s; Reiki; The Feldenkrais Method; Restorative Yoga). Class heatherdanso.com
Additionally, the book Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande is required reading. We will discuss this book in class.
Location: Mind Body Hum
Yoga Nidra Training
Next Training Dates TBD
The training is held at Om Culture Greenlake: 7200 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA