Reflect, Rebalance, and Restore:
Yoga Therapeutics for the Nervous System
With Mary Richards
June 4-7, 2020
Mary Richards returns to Trails Within this June for a weekend workshop dedicated to slowing down and inviting our attention inward. Mary will guide us through tried-and-true yoga practices to cultivate bodily and sensory reflection, neuromuscular balance, and feelings of safety and wellbeing.
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.
We all feel how spending time in beautiful places like Graeagle improves our sense of wellbeing. Many of us have also experienced similar contentment on our yoga mats. We’ve also felt relief from physical pain and dysfunction, emotional hurt, social disconnection, and spiritual confusion. 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.
A yoga and science nerd with 30 years experience on the mat, this is where Mary comes in. Over the course of the weekend, she will teach 4 classes using different yoga techniques for quieting the nervous system, facilitating comfortable movement, and connecting to attention and awareness. She will also share some of the research that correlate these practices with more satisfying health outcomes.
Mary will be assisted again by Carol Balfe, Ph.D., longtime yoga practitioner, level 2 iREST teacher, Relax and Renew certified teacher, and major sports nerd. Not only will she help Mary manage time and requests, Carol will offer expert practice support and whatever-sport-is-on updates.
Concentrate and Integrate: iREST Yoga Nidra for Body, Heart, Mind, and Spirit
Experience a body sensing practice led by Mary, a level 1 iREST teacher-in-training, followed by a full iREST protocol. We will take time before each practice to get situated comfortably. The studio has many blankets, bolsters, blocks, and the like. Please bring your favorite socks and an eye cover.
Brain to Body, Body to Brain: Our Nerves on the Mat
We’ll conduct an overview of major brain structures and nerves as well as discuss different levels of communication between the nervous system and body. Mary will share a brief review of evidence-informed yoga practices for chronic pain, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress. Then, we will practice an asana series that applies powerful organizing principles of the neuromuscular system to create brain-body balance.
From Angels to Vagabonds: The Vagus Nerve’s Role in Our Perception
Mary will take us on a grand tour of the polyvagal theory and biological functions of our nervous system. We will examine how the vagus nerve, along with other structures and mechanisms, create a wide spectrum of feelings that prompt the body’s systems to turn up, turn down, and even turn off various responses. Research shows that somatic movement and breathing practices can help repattern the nervous system and restore balance. After our discussion, Mary will lead us through asana and movement series to connect to our inner body’s wisdom. Then, we will practice 3 short, accessible pranayama to quiet anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.
Rest and Repose: Restorative Yoga as Therapy
Most of us know without a shadow of doubt that we feel better when we sleep consistently and rest regularly. Rather than relying on exhaustion-induced naps or passive diversions often mistaken for rest, we can use specific sequences of restorative yoga poses to create niches for our nervous systems to get in sync and slow down. During this session, we will practice a restorative series to calm a racing mind and relieve mental fog and fatigue. We will also practice a restorative series to relieve constipation as well as a series to quiet chronic pain.
Sunday 1-4pm: Optional Hike Gathering in the Lakes Basin (don’t miss it!)
Students should plan to attend all 4 sessions as they will build upon each other.
All 4 sessions before 5/16 $175, after 5/16 $195
Saturday group dinner $30
Sunday afternoon hike $15
To register, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 836-1500
Cancellation Policy for Workshops at Trails Within
Workshops fill on a first come, first served basis. Your spot is not guaranteed unless you prepay for it.
Cancellations 7 or more days prior to start of a workshop will receive a full refund. There will be a 10% charge taken out of your total for administration.
For cancellations less than 7 days before the workshop, we will only be able to issue a refund or studio credit if you are able to find a replacement for your reserved space.
Cancellations within 48 hours of the start of the workshop, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason, no credit or refund is available.
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