discovering profound inner relaxation

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I recently participated in a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Pransky of YogaWorks, NYC. Her creativity in setting up props to meet each individuals needs was inspirational. Her ability to effectively communicate and share her experience and knowledge was invaluable.

Although, shaping the body with the props is essential to this practice the training focused more on learning how to open up the lines of energy once students were in a pose and the effects of the nervous system once students were able to relax. Through experiential exercises and lectures, Jillian conveyed how we all walk around with trauma in our bodies and minds, and when whatever we are protecting becomes exposed, it takes us deeper inward and the process of healing can begin.

She emphasized the importance of students becoming aware of their tension, learning how to welcome the breath into their bodies, and learning how to relax. This is very healing and nourishing to their well-beings and to those around them. She clarified that for some students opening up and truly relaxing may be challenging at first while for others it will be pure bliss.

My initial approach to this training was to broaden my knowledge and experiences to enable me to help my students on their individual paths. However; I was completely surprised at the emotional release I experienced several times during the training and even after the program. After each restorative session I felt like I was floating or suspended, and at times forgot that I was supported by the props. It is this new wakefulness that will help me move forward in my journey.

I continue to take classes with Jillian to deepen my understanding of this therapeutic practice and to expand my own meditation and restorative practice. I look forward to becoming your relaxation and meditation teacher, and sharing all that I am learning from Jillian with you.

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