Balanced Intention
The Practice and Theory of Yin and Restorative Yoga
Friday-Sunday, November 15-17
with Patty Schmidt and Caroline Dunham


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.


Friday, November 15, 2:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, November 16, 9:30am-6:00pm
Sunday, November 17, 9:30am-6:00pm

Investment – $325
Early Bird (Before November 1st) – $295

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.