About the Private Retreat
Restorative Yoga, through long held, prop supported postures, teaches that even though a pose appears to be still, there is a subtler action going on that involves a symphony of breath and body that brings the entire being into a state of deep repose and release. Yoga therapy is using the right pose for that unique person with purpose. It is a process of discovering what works for you as the student and teacher. Combined with intention and clear direction, you can learn to skillfully recognize a student’s needs by drawing on your own experience and awareness to what’s happening while it’s happening.
The intensive is suitable for anyone with at least one year’s consistent yoga experience up to teacher level. Each day will consist of two sessions with an additional 3-4 evening restorative and yoga nidra sessions.
Here’s what you’ll experience:
- Create a balanced practice through the structure and sequencing of class. Including: movement warm-up; Pranayama; Sankalpa (class intention and theming) through philosophy, asana, or personal experience; and anatomy.
- Learn valuable alignment skills and cuing techniques that meet the students where they are today.
- Break down active and passive restorative poses.
- Utilize props as tools for enhancing a pose in supportive and nurturing way.
- Develop the art of skillful assists vs. adjustments of postures.
- Gain understanding of the wisdom of yoga therapy: how to offer successful one-on-one client and postural assessments; the structure of a yoga therapy session; injury prevention and management.
- Explore Yoga Nidra in the context of restorative yoga and yoga therapy.
- Explore experiential anatomy in a fun, interactive, and memorable way with Asana. A keen understanding of anatomy will guide you in understanding healing strategies for your yoga therapy clients. Anatomy contains the following: breath perception and connection with postures and affects of Pranayama on the nervous system; the locks’ or Bandhas affect on the endocrine system of the body; the core and breath; skeletal, muscular and circulatory system; spine and joint actions; skin, connective tissue, and fascia, and anatomical movement patterns and physiology.
- Yoga Therapy and Restorative Manual, Melissa Smith
- Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.
- The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Vol. 1, Ray Long, M.D.
The Yapanna Way, Leeann Carey
About the Teacher
embodies all things yoga and holds true to her personal belief in moksha (freedom). She is truly an example of living life! Her philosophy of teaching to the body in front of you, rather than from a memorized script, is what she believes is one of the key ingredients to cultivating authenticity as a teacher along with being present and practice, practice, practice. With a passion for teaching teachers, Melissa Smith, 500 ERYT, offers an individualized approach to restorative yoga and yoga therapy. Her style of yoga is a blend of traditions from many teachers from all over the world spanning more than a decade. This integrated approach will take you on a journey into cultivating a curious eye when teaching and guiding you through a how to conduct a safe, transformative therapeutic asana class. While there is no one recipe for every person, she will offer a very clear systematic approach to sequencing and cuing that will help you cultivate discernment in what to look for in offering modifications and adaptations in certain poses for individuals with inflexibility, hyper-mobility, injury, pregnancy, or other medical conditions.
She extends much gratitude and appreciation for her yoga teachers and influences including: Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer (AcroYoga), Leeann Carey (Restorative, California), Chrys Kub (Yoga Therapy, North Carolina), Sadhvi Abha (Kriya, India),, Lance Schuler (Hatha, Australia), Stephanie Adams (mentor, Oregon), and Mandy Eubanks (Anusara, Oklahoma). Melissa has also studied with and taken immersions and workshops from: Susi Hately Aldous, Nicolai Bachman, Judith Lasater, Ricky Tran, Sadie Nardini, Les Leventhal, Jonas Westring, Jonny Nobles, Jeremy Simon, Christina Sells, Robert Sherman, Gary Kraftsow, Duncan Wong, Brian Kest, Doug Swenson, and Vincent Tam.
The Daily Schedule
|6:30 am – 7:30 am
|7:30 am – 10:30 am
||Yoga therapy sessions
|10:00 am – 1:00 pm
|3:00 pm- 6.00 pm
|6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
||Complimentary herbal steam room available
|6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
||Evening restorative session or quiet time
Please contact Melissa directly: email@example.com
“I liked the way Melissa explained Anatomy as a functional yoga applied method. I loved all the teaching tools she offered for each pose with props, alternatives and other ways to see things.”
“Melissa, thank you so much for a wonderful Yoga Therapy training. I have really enjoyed the group and the learning and feel so much more knowledgable in anatomy and postural assessment and of my own body’s strengths and compensations. The restorative yoga sessions have been great and after struggling a bit to see how to integrate the yoga therapy approach into my practice and teaching, it now all seems to have fallen into place. With a big happy hug!”