When you’re feeling off balance in life, it’s all too easy to look for solutions in the obvious places. Feeling anxious and having trouble winding down? Maybe a glass of wine. Low energy or poor focus? Another coffee.
Or if you’re on a slightly healthier path, you might ask “am I eating right?”, or “do I need to get more steps in?”, or “do I need to practice more gratitude?”
One critical area we often overlook is our ability to rest. When it comes to health, rest is just as important as regular exercise, a balanced diet, even sleep.
If you’re thinking that you need to lose weight, drink less or get more exercise this New Year, rest is the one thing that will make it all far easier, by improving your vitality and boosting your resilience.
Join Mary Richards and Lizzie Lasater for a month-long immersion dedicated to slowing down and inviting our attention inward.
This course will take us on a pratyahara journey by way of tried-and-true yoga practices to cultivate bodily and sensory awareness and reflection.
You might be surprised at how the sciences — and integrative practices like yoga — related to health and disease are evolving.
As our understanding of the relationships between nerves, muscles, fascia, organs, and perception expands, we are empowered to tailor asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, and restorative yoga toward healing and wellness.
Research is increasingly affirming our lived experience with yoga to effectively self-manage conditions such as chronic pain, and to improve our senses of vitality, safety, and integration.
January 13th: Brain to Body, Body to Brain
Get Your (Yoga) Booster: The effects of consistent practice on the immune system.
January 20th: Angels to Vagabonds
Breathe to the Beat: The effects of specific pranayama on heart rate variability.
January 27th: Restoratives
Fill Your Resilience Reservoir: The effects of Restorative yoga on psychological and emotional well-being.
February 3rd: Yoga Nidra
Rest for Reproductive Health: The effects of Yoga Nidra on the unique challenges of a menstrual lifetime.
Learn the Science
Mary Richards is not just a certified yoga therapist with 30 years experience on the mat, she is a hardcore science nerd. Every week of the course, she will share some of the insightful research that correlates these practices with more satisfying health outcomes, and somehow manages to make it fun!
Do the Practice
With Lizzie as our guide, Mary will teach weekly 2-hour live classes (four consecutive Thursdays in January/February 2022: Jan 13th, Jan 20th, Jan 27th, and Feb 3rd) using different yoga techniques for quieting the nervous system, facilitating comfortable movement, and connecting to attention and awareness.
Explore the Nuances
In addition to the live webinar sessions, this course includes video tutorials of prop configurations for pranayama and restorative asana, audio recordings of yoga nidra and pranayama practices, and PDFs cheat sheets of the somatic practice series.
When does my course access expire?
One year. We want you to feel spacious with time, so your enrollment in Deep Rest includes one full year to access to the online course materials.
What is the course schedule?
We'll gather live four consecutive Thursdays in January/February 2022: Jan 13th, Jan 20th, Jan 27th, and Feb 3rd. All sessions will be recorded. Other than that, this is a self-paced online course. As soon as you enroll you'll have access to all of the rich pre-recorded video/audio/PDF material.
How long does it take to complete the course?
You can expect to devote around 20 hours to completing the course material. Some students work through week by week - completing in a month. And some students move more slowly. Both are absolutely ok.
Do I need any additional materials?
You will want to have the following props: 1 sticky mat, 1 bolster, 1 eye cover, 2 blocks, and 5 firm blankets.
Can I receive Yoga Alliance credit?
Yes. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion for 20 non-contact hours. After that, you can submit for continuing education credit from Yoga Alliance or equivalent organization.
What is the refund policy?
We want you to be 100% delighted with your learning experience. If for any reason, you're disappointed after the first week of the course, we will be happy to issue a full refund.