30-Hour Teacher Training
with Sarah Scharf
8 – 10 December 2017
12 – 14 January 2018
Location: YogaKula Vienna
Early Bird €499 // Regular Price €599 // €350 first weekend only
The Art of Relaxation: Finding Ease in the Body and Mind
This is a course for anyone who is tired of being tired. Ease is the opposite of disease, it is the ability to relax and to live well. Finding ease in our bodies and minds is not easy, and most of us have never been taught how to relax and rest. In our busy and stressful lives this skill is the key to maintaining health. Restorative Yoga is needed more than ever in our busy world of overstimulation and stress-related illnesses. Having the skills to help students and clients find the ability to relax is vital to being an effective yoga teacher. This course covers the theory and practice of Restorative yoga, so you will be able to deepen your own practice as well as share it with others. You will learn about the science and physiology of relaxation, and how to integrate this into our lives. This course teaches yoga with a focus on the healing quality of rest and the profound experience of learning to be in contrast to the popular attitude of do and achieve. Most importantly, you will have time to care for yourself and experience deep relaxation, the only way to teach this style of yoga is to first embody it.
In this 30-Hour Course, you will learn:
• Physiology of relaxation
• Understanding functional anatomy in the context of passive yoga
• Comprehension of stress response and nervous system
• Tools to help students and clients relax
• Ethics of teaching
• Hands on adjustments
• Managing your own energy and avoiding burnout
• Safe and effective yoga poses for students dealing with a variety of serious health concerns
• How to use props effectively
In the first weekend, optimal techniques for the body and mind to rest are introduced with how to use props to create passive yoga poses. You will gain the skills to offer your students ways to shift from stress to ease, and a clear understanding of the nervous system. You will leave the weekend knowing how to give people an experience of deep rest and the principles of Restorative yoga.
In the second weekend, our focus will be on the practicalities of teaching Restorative yoga in both group and private settings. We will continue to practice and learn more poses and set-ups, looking also at the anatomy of the body in each pose. We will discuss the Ayurvedic science behind how to sequence, how to recognise body types and which poses work best for different people and why. This weekend is a time to delve deeper into the art of relaxation, giving teachers the confidence to teach Restorative poses with precision and empathy.
Open to serious yoga students and teachers of all styles, as well as complimentary therapists and healthcare professionals.
Certification: Full attendance, written report and additional fee of €100 option for CE credits through Yoga Alliance
Fridays: 18:00 – 20:00
Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00 – 17:30 with 90-minute lunch break
“Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times” by Judith Hanson Lasater.
Sarah Scharf (MFA) has been teaching Restorative yoga since 2006, she is one of the few Senior teachers in Europe with an Advanced Restorative Yoga Teaching Certificate. She specialises in clear teaching and incorporating mindfulness meditation to create meaningful learning experiences for students of all levels. Before moving to Vienna Sarah taught in London at top yoga studios and corporations, working with some of the most stressed people in the world. She continues to work with her mentor and main teacher Judith Hanson Lasater learning actively as both student and Senior assistant. She mentors new teachers and regularly holds trainings on improving teaching skills for Yogacampus. Sarah created and ran the Yogamatters Restorative Studio at the OM Yoga Show in London, the first Restorative space at the convention. Sarah is passionate about helping people slow down and find space in our increasingly hectic world. She teaches regularly at YogaKula in Vienna and leads international yoga retreats. For video clips and more info: www.sarahscharf.com