Balanced Intention
The Practice and Theory of Yin and Restorative Yoga
with Patty Schmidt and Caroline Dunham
Next Offering TBD
20-Hours offered for Yoga Alliance Certification and a Mandatory Module in the Vista Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training

 

The slower practices of yoga–yin, restorative, and somatic work–offer a profound permission to be. Be without adjectives, be with what is so. They create a intimate connection to the moment and offer a gateway to meditative practices while nourishing and restoring the energies of the body.

In this weekend training with Patty and Caroline drop into the slow, settling practices of yoga. Discover how to balance the energies of the body, mind, and being through right practice, and earnest listening.

In this workshop students will:

  • Gain a comparative understanding of the Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Somatic practices, including historical context and contemporary considerations.
  • Learn and practice slower traditions that allow practitioners to achieve yoga.
  • Discover how the skills and intention of the slower practices of yoga can be integrated into yang practice, to create a balanced practice that leaves students and practitioners clear and energized.
  • Experience and discuss the important physical, mental and emotional benefits of the slower practices of yoga for the individual and for the societies we live in.
  • Drop into the pace of slower practice and experience the benefit of an immersion in these practices.
  • Practice creating and holding a slower pace, and leading these practices for others (including sequencing) in small group work.

 

 
Open Individual Sessions:
 
Take the Night Off: The Foundation of Restorative Yoga 
Friday, 6.30-8pm


Join us for a spacious, 2hr restorative practice that settles you for the upcoming busy season. Come to the refuge of your mat and yoga’s beloved slow, long-held practice. With careful propping and sensitive sequencing, the evening will help you drop into tranquility, into the peace within yourself, and leave you with restored reserves. A luxurious way to spend a Friday evening; come treat yourself. Suitable for everyone.

 

Cultivating Balance: Energetics of Active and Supported Restorative Yoga
Saturday,  9:30-1:00

The morning begins with an active restorative class; find the balance of yin and yang in this exploration of the qualities of slow/held yoga asana, including supported standing poses, and pranayama. After our practice, we’ll workshop propping and other fundamental considerations as you cultivate your own restorative practice and radical self-care tools.

 

 

Yintentions: A Morning Practice and Exploration of the Foundations of Yin Yoga
Sunday, 9:30-1pm

Our morning begins with a long yin yoga practice. Suitable for all bodies, we’ll explore a balanced practice that targets the liver and kidney meridians, restoring and balancing energies of the body that help us with this busy season. The practice will also include pranayam and mindfulness techniques. As a group, we’ll unpack our practice to reveal the fundamental tenets of yin yoga and its guiding philosophies. Join us and hone your yoga knowledge and skill; use this time to cultivate discernment in your self-care practices.

 

Patricia Schmidt

Patty is both 200 and 500hr YA-Certified, and is an IAYT Level 1 certified yoga therapist. She holds additional qualifications in Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, and Yoga for Hypermobility. Those who know her recognize that all roads lead to the pelvis; she is committed to pelvic health and wellness for women and men, at all stages of their lives. She trains other yoga teachers, as well as health and fitness professionals, to orient themselves to the pelvis in space, and raises awareness of pelvic health and wellness in public speaking and educational events. A recent transplant to Atlanta, Patricia infuses each class with wisdom, strength, and surrender.

Patricia Schmidt

Patty is both 200 and 500hr YA-Certified, and is an IAYT Level 1 certified yoga therapist. She holds additional qualifications in Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, and Yoga for Hypermobility. Those who know her recognize that all roads lead to the pelvis; she is committed to pelvic health and wellness for women and men, at all stages of their lives. She trains other yoga teachers, as well as health and fitness professionals, to orient themselves to the pelvis in space, and raises awareness of pelvic health and wellness in public speaking and educational events. A recent transplant to Atlanta, Patricia infuses each class with wisdom, strength, and surrender.

Caroline Dunham

Yoga found Caroline early in life as a self-care practice that weaved though her life in many varied forms. When she began her consistent daily practice shortly after graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, Caroline found a means to improve her physical and emotional well being. Now it is Caroline’s joy and privilege to help facilitate the yoga practice of others, with an emphasis on proper alignment, activation, and self-acceptance, as an important part of her continuously expanding yoga practice.

Caroline is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher and has completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Vista Yoga, studied with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga, attended yoga courses at University, and is an avid student of yoga asana, texts, and philosophy. In addition to teaching yoga, Caroline is currently the operations manager at Vista Yoga.