ATT-300 Course 3: Yoga, The Body & Restorative: Science of Āsana and Restorative Yoga Insight
Offered next in 2025
Arielle Nash, Gill Breetzke and Daniel Stringer
A course for teachers and interested practitioners focused on understanding the responses in the nervous system and fascia through different posture pacing and class types. Explore the range of the fascial network and its role in stability, mobility, and movement. Study the nervous system in relationship to āsana and learn about stress, fear, and trauma. Plus, build your teaching repertoire through restorative āsana detail, sequencing & teaching, along with basic breath routines for a yoga class.
This course fulfills 100-hours of the Advanced TT 300-hours certification and is also a required course within the 600-hour Prānāyāma Teacher Training (PTT) certification.
Course Detail and Approach:
This course continues to develop sequencing skills with restorative postures and softer therapeutic movements covered at the 200-hour level. Anatomy and physiology are explored from the perspective of the nervous system and fascial network.
You will progress your āsana teaching and practice skills through exploration of different approaches to pacing movement in dynamic methods and restorative sequencing, from a more specific range of postures and their variations that relate to the restorative genre.
To ground all participants, the course begins with a review of the key āsana concepts and terminological language so students who have graduated from any school’s 200-hour program can continue together based on this deeper understanding.
The functional anatomy and related physiology are explored through theory using anatomical models, videos, power points, live demonstration, and experiential guided movement practices.
- Overview of the fascial network and tensegrity
- Current research in the role of fascia in movement and mobility
- How to keep your fascia healthy
- The functional connection between fascia and the breath
- Review and detail of the Somatic and Autonomic Nervous Systems
- The physiology of the stress response
- The Tension-Stress Relationship
- Mechanical and Neurological tension
- The Pain-Stress Cycle
- The fear cascade, trauma, and somatic memory
- Understanding the relationship between biomechanics and physiology
- The science of stretching and pandiculation
- Asana as body regulation care
- What is restorative yoga?
Āsana in yoga has a definite purpose and psychological end-goal but offers tremendous physical benefits when done with that purpose in mind. This differs to āsana done in a purely physical understanding. Hence, key concepts of āsana define what it means to be a yoga pose (āsana) as opposed to a stretch, contortion, or movement and, as a result, how to derive the benefit of āsana while doing it. This is further explored when comparing a restorative approach to the modern standard dynamic methods.
Āsana Practice & Teaching Topics:
Āsana practice and teaching topics are covered in practical sessions and include alignment principles, safety precautions, cueing, sequencing and hands-on assisting within a Restorative Āsana practice. Several different sequences are presented for you to explore these topics and further develop your āsana teaching repertoire. Āsana topics and themes in this course will include:
- Feeling the fascial lines in both dynamic engaged āsana and restorative āsana
- Restorative practice techniques
- Soft flow
- Supported long holds
- Body Scan
- How to set up an effective restorative class
- The use of music and cueing
- The use of props
- Supported restorative posture clinics taken from our large inventory of restorative āsanas
- Soft but supported practice for back care
- Sequencing and practice teaching a restorative class
- Foundational somatic movements for practice
- How to introduce, guide, and instruct a basic breathwork class or standalone routine
A Typical Day:
Morning practice includes meditation and breathwork-to-prānāyāma following the classical method outlined in Psycho-Physical (Hatha-Rāja) Yoga, as taught by Centered Yoga at Samahita. Yoga practice continues with Engaged Dynamic Āsana, alternating between guided class with instruction by the teacher to self-practice, so that the collection of āsanas detailed in the afternoon workshops can be both taught in practice and developed in one’s own time. The afternoon program will be divided between both functional anatomy sessions and āsana explore, teach, and sequence sessions.
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the training with a group welcome. Check out is by 12pm on your last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|5.45 am||Beach sunrise silent watch or walk (optional way to start the day)|
|7.00 – 8.30 am||MEDITATION & BREATH: Opening kriyas that lead into sitting Centered meditative internal practices and silence followed by Breath practice and basic Prānāyāma methods.|
|8.30 – 10.30 am||RESTORATIVE or DYNAMIC ĀSANA|
|10.30 am – 1.30 pm||BRUNCH BUFFET|
|2.30 – 2:50 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|3.00 – 4.30 pm||THEORY LECTURE: Anatomy & Movement Theory Session|
|4:45 – 6.15 pm||PRACTICAL: Breath, Asana & Movement Practical and Practice Teaching|
|6:00 – 8.00 pm||Complimentary herbal steam room available – great after class with a swim and a beach walk, just before ……
|8.00 pm||Your own private time|
Arielle has spent over 20 years studying the human body and it’s response to movement. She has been an educator in the field for 15 years. She says balancing her life as a yoga studio owner, yoga teacher, teacher trainer, international presenter and mom of twins, has been made possible by the clarity, discipline and stamina gained through 16 years as a dedicated practitioner. Arielle has seen the practice help thousands of students and knows it has the ability to make a positive change in people when practiced consistently and intelligently with self-compassion.
She has been blessed with the opportunity to spend significant time of study over 15 years with senior teachers Richard Freeman, Dr. Paul Dallaghan and Sri OP Tiwari and has made several trips to Mysore, India, to practice with R. Sharath Jois. Because of these influences and her exercise science degree, her teaching is a clear example of East meets West. She highly regards tradition and respects the roots of practice and the true purpose of yoga as a tool of self-understanding. At the same time, she applies latest scientific understandings of human function and what is practical for the modern student of yoga.
Following her passion for understanding what lies beneath her experience, she is currently undertaking a research Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and Anatomy at the University of Victoria. Having been at the respected E-RYT500 level for over 10 years, and teaching movement professionals for 20, Arielle teaches continuing education courses for yoga teachers, focusing on yoga anatomy, fascial integration, Somatic movement, Prenatal yoga, and adjustment techniques. She has a keen interest in the effect of asana on the nervous system.
Gill was born in South Africa, and has lived abroad in the UK, Ireland and Asia. She began her international teaching career, working in Inner city London schools, supporting children from challenging backgrounds, then on to Dublin and Yangon. Koh Samui is now her home where she combines her love of yoga and music in this unique transformational place. She began her daily practice of yoga in 2004, training with Paul Dallaghan and Richard Freeman, and is Yoga Alliance (500RYT) and 1100 hour Centered Yoga Certified teacher. Samahita has always been a welcoming, transformative space for her and in early 2016 she was grateful to fully embrace this magical place and call it home.
Daniel has been a student of yoga since discovering the practice in his home country England in 2003. In 2006 he completed his first training with Paul Dallaghan and subsequently taught yoga in Hong Kong for 10 years. Initially a guest teacher at Samahita since 2014 and joining Samahita full time in 2018.
A senior teacher based on a long term commitment to training, practice, study, and teaching, rising to the most advanced level over the years at Samahita. A core member of the Centered Yoga team, having spent time to learn the practices within the tradition, update with modern and scientific understanding, and deliver a lived approach in an experienced and informative way.
After years of study, practice and training in India and Thailand and being immersed in the depth of material delivered through Centered Yoga, Daniel has been a long serving senior teacher with Centered Yoga teaching team, responsible for fundamental teaching on the foundational 200-hour courses and delivering this specialty through specific modules of the ATT-300 courses.
After experience teaching thousands of different individuals while in the role of Senior Teacher at Samahita Retreat, and as a teacher in numerous Hong Kong studios, this pragmatic aspect is translated into teaching skills as part of the different Teacher Training courses offered as part of the Centered Yoga Teaching Team.
Rates are in US Dollars, are per person, and are fully inclusive of your chosen room, all buffet meals, use of full facilities, and all training and practices for the duration of the program dates.
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|“Exhale” Gardenview Rooms||Garden Private||$2,714|
|Garden Shared Loft||$2,194|
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|Length of Training||Rate per Extra Night for YogaCoreCycle|
|Private Room||Semi-Private Room||Shared Two-Bedroom Loft|
|2 weeks||$118 / night||$98 / night||$78 / night|
|4 weeks||$108 / night||$88 / night||$68 / night|
|6 weeks||$98 / night||$78 / night||$58 / night|
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