Somatic Rest for Awareness
I share the science and powerful wonders of relaxation and meditation with savvy busy minds.
I truly believe that the world is a better place when we rest and relax. A well-rested person makes better decisions, demonstrates patience and creativity, benefits from a strong immune system and general good health.
Rest and relaxation are somewhat foreign to us. We are so accustomed to doing, doing, doing, that we’ve somehow forgotten how to truly and deeply rest our body and mind.
The practice of relaxation or restorative yoga aims to encourage self-awareness in body, mind, and soul. As we relax and start to listen to our inner wisdom, we slowly become free of the obstacles in our life.
Restorative Yoga is a somatic meditation experience, a meditation on the body. It is affectionately called “the adult nap,” because of its super battery-charging effects, as well as its calming results.
It is somewhat of a paradox. On the one hand, it is a favourite for absolute beginners as well as anyone seeking healing, rest, calm, renewal. On the other hand, it is considered an “advanced” practice in part due to its meditative and introspective nature.
In a Restorative Yoga class, poses are held in a relaxed manner for long periods of time during which practitioners are guided into meditative states. The result is a renewed and balanced self, in body, mind, and soul. Practitioners report better sleep, elimination or alleviation of headaches and pains, deeper self-understanding, a calmer mind, better digestion.
My credentials in 10 seconds
I completed my first yoga teacher training in 2011, and have since accumulated more than 1000 hours of training and shadow work with inspirational teachers in Toronto and San Francisco. In 2012, I started sharing Restorative Yoga under the tutelage of Dr. John Rettger at Stanford University, and have since evolved my personal practice and teachings drawing from current research, somatic meditation, and ancient yogic traditions.
I currently hold the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) certification from Yoga Alliance. I teach in Kelowna, British-Columbia, and travel from time to time within Canada and the United States to share the life-changing wonders of relaxation.
I went to my first yoga class in 2003 at my roommate’s bidding because I suffered from debilitating back pain. I went to class everyday, and slowly experienced profound changes in all areas of my life. Searching for more, I explored in numerous lineages, including Kripalu, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Parayoga. As I slowly became aware of the layers of stress and expectations that I imposed on myself, my practice became less physical and more meditative. My life became lighter and meaningful.
While completing my first yoga teacher training in 2010-2011, I was invited by my office colleagues to create and deliver a stress management course, which soon turned into a 2-day immersion for colleagues from other agencies and departments. I knew I was onto something as they shared their stories of struggle and high alertness and fatigue. I really wanted to make a difference, but how does one deal with unavoidable stress and demands?
I have since been experimenting with techniques and approaches to deal with modern stress and pervasive tiredness. From current research shared by Dr. Herbert Benson, Dr. Gabor Maté, and Kelly McGonigal PhD, to somatic meditation as taught by DharmaOcean, to ancient yogic traditions passed down by Sally Kempton, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and Yogarupa Rod Stryker, I leave no stone unturned.
The bad news is there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution or magic prescription. The good news is you have the solution encrypted in your very DNA. Awareness and kindness are key, while intention (bhav) makes all the difference. I believe that slow wins the race, and that simple is powerful.
As a recovering stressaholic and a sufferer of adrenal fatigue not-once-but-twice, I have used myself as a human guinea pig for everything I share, and I constantly learn from my class participants.
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