Restorative Yoga 

Teacher Trainings

With Melissa Smith-Wilkinson

"Wonderful instructor who takes you beyond Asana. Melissa Smith is a teacher with extensive experience and foundation in the practice of yoga, therapeutics and Thai massage as well as Acro Yoga. Her classes incorporate connection and exploration on all levels, with attention to each individual's needs. Melissa is an author, a world traveler and an ambassador of connection. She has connected yogis all over the world through her teachings and has created community wherever she goes. A class or retreat with Melissa will be an experience you will never forget!"

-Chrys Kub, e-RTY500, PT

MEET YOUR TEACHER

“One of the oldest and most beloved prayers from the Vedic tradition, the Gayatri Mantra, tells us that all of life is sustained by one ever-renewing source. When we practice restorative postures, what we are restoring is our connection with the part of our mind that is linked with this enduring, vast, and silent source. Yoga tells us that wen we are in intimate connection with the is part of our mind and thus tapped into a greater mind, we are also tuned in to the body’s natural ability to heal itself.” ~ Donna Farhi

​I​nvite Rest...

A Restorative Yoga Workshop

The Atrium

Houston, Texas

January 26, 2020

Busyness in the attention economy has been glorified. What if we learned how to truly rest and be still, so that we could have more energy and make clearer more authentic choices in our life? 

How then do we define rest? Rest is repose, peace of mind and a calm nervous system. When we rest, we are doing the opposite of what our culture tells us we should be doing - we are instead, being, allowing our mind and body to function with clarity and more ease.

This workshop is for anyone who has been wanting to understand how a restorative practice can benefit them - both teachers and students with a love of learning and self-care. Restorative postures are long-held, prop-supported poses that work on a deep cellar level for restoring the systems of the body. 

Explore essential restorative postures that fit your body’s needs. Learn techniques to customize these postures for individual concerns. Whether you are practicing on your own, working one on one with a private client or someone you care for, or teaching in a group setting, learn how to adapt the poses for specific needs such as low back or hip pain, sacroiliac instability, neck discomfort and shoulder injuries. Learn key principals that you can apply to create a peaceful, nurturing and yet unique experience for your own restorative practice or your student’s. We will also introduce the principal of somatic movement and how it benefits and enhances a restorative practice. 
INVESTMENT

​I​nvite Rest:

A Restorative Yoga Workshop

 
January 26, 2020
12:00pm-3:00pm
$60​ non-members / $55​ members (limited to 30 people)
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"Thank you Melissa Smith for such a wonderful, inspiring weekend! The discussions were inviting and exploratory and the knowledge enlightening! You are a wonderful teacher that truly cares about the student, the content and producing teachers that understand the mysteries of the body mind and spirit."
​-The Woodlands Yoga Studio, January 2017

"There is always a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that forever is a gift you bring to your Restorative Workshops, Melissa! Somatic experiences and fluid body sensing is the best... I am excited to bring new tools to my practice and bring an ever deepening experience for students to feel restored, renewed, and empowered." 
-Pamela, January 2017

 
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Somatic Restorative Class Only:


January 26, 2020
3:15pm-4:30pm
$30 non-members / $25 members (limited to 30 people)
 

Somatic Restorative Immersion

Pranava Yoga Studio

Santa Fe, New Mexico

March 13 - 15, 2020

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"Your enthusiasm for what you teach is infectious and delightful. If you aimed to inspire curiosity, you hit the bullseye. Keep up the good work. You’re my favorite yoga nerd, and I mean that as high praise.”

~ George S., May 2019 Somatic Restorative Immersion 

This somatic restorative immersion marries slow purposeful somatic moment with long head prop supported postures. Soma (living aware) or somatics is the awakened awareness of the body within movement. The difference between restoration and somatics is sensing through stillness verses sensing through movement.   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. We will dive deep into the systems of the body and its potent affects. We explore the endocrine and nervous system within a restorative and soma movement framework. The somatic movements mirror our developmental movement patterns and will prepare the body for rest in the restorative pose and specification to individuals and special population needs will be addressed. 
This course is open to all who would like to deepen their yoga practice whether you plan to teach a restorative class or not. So much can be gained with the understanding of the adaptations of traditional yoga poses with the utilization of props. With support, energy is received, tension is released, circulation is improved without the need to expend great energy.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Friday Night with our Restorative and Somatic Movement class and discussion:
Experience postures that promote deep relaxation and recuperation. The workshop is a part of the full weekend and will allow you to experience a full somatic restorative class.  We will begin with a short discussion of a restful pose, somatic (moving within) movements, breath work, a unique restorative sequence and finish with an extended Yoga Nidra meditation. The sequences and long held poses are designed to support a strong body, mind and spirit connection with strategic placement of Yoga props which will encourage the body to release. The somatic movements between the postures will help facilitate a soma or “living aware” experience by awakening awareness of the body within. These movements will compliment the supported poses by silencing overworked areas.  
Saturday and Sunday, we will investigate principals of interoception (sense) and somatic (skeletal) exploration:
  • Explore valuable alignment and propping skills, discover a discerning eye, review cuing and touch techniques that meet the students where they are today. 
  • Break down of key restorative poses with a focus on how each pose effects the fluids, organs, tissues and glands of the body.
  • Utilize props as tools for enhancing a pose in supportive and nurturing way.
  • Breath perception and connection with postures and affects of Pranayama on the nervous system. 
  • Learn basic somatic principals and movement to integrate with restorative postures.  
  • Create a balanced somatic restorative practice through the structure and sequencing of a class.
  • Biomechanics of stretching and flexibility and somatic overview in relationship to Restorative Yoga and non-doing.

Friday, March 13

5:00pm-8:00pm 

 

Saturday, March 14

9:00am-12:30pm

2:30pm-7:00pm 

 

Sunday, March 15

8:30am-12:30pm

Enjoy a small class size- we are limiting to no more than 8-12 students.  Payment in full, required and is transferrable to another person, however is non-refundable. If you are traveling from outside of Santa Fe, we do recommend travel insurance. 
INVESTMENT

Investment: $465

Early Bird pricing $420 through December 15th

Includes:

Complete somatic manual, all sessions and Friday evening home cooked meal. Also includes homework mentorship, worth an additional 5 hours CEC’s with Yoga Alliance upon completion. A complete list of suggested accommodations, restaurants and our favorite things to do/see/shop in Santa Fe will be sent to you after registration. 

Not included:

All other meals and accommodations & travel expenses.

Early Bird Rate

Full Price after December 15th

Please note: the PayPal fee is not included in the Investment cost.

"So having had the absolute pleasure of experiencing restorative teacher training with Melissa Smith Yoga I absolutely recommend that everyone try introducing this wellness into their practice! It truly reminds you of the reasons why we practice yoga and allows you to really understand yourself beyond the asana."
​-Amanda G. December 2017

Somatic Restorative Training

Everyone Yoga Studio

Tulsa, Oklahoma​

April 24 - 26, 2020

WHAT TO EXPECT
Experience postures that promote deep relaxation and recuperation. The workshop is a part of the full weekend and will allow you to experience a full somatic restorative class.  We will begin with a short discussion of a restful pose, somatic (moving within) movements, breath work, a unique restorative sequence and finish with an extended Yoga Nidra meditation. The sequences and long held poses are designed to support a strong body, mind and spirit connection with strategic placement of Yoga props which will encourage the body to release. The somatic movements between the postures will help facilitate a soma or “living aware” experience by awakening awareness of the body within. These movements will compliment the supported poses by silencing overworked areas.  
We will investigate principals of interoception (sense) and somatic (skeletal) exploration:​
  • Explore valuable alignment and propping skills, discover a discerning eye, review cuing and touch techniques that meet the students where they are today. 
  • Break down of key restorative poses with a focus on how each pose effects the fluids, organs, tissues and glands of the body.
  • Utilize props as tools for enhancing a pose in supportive and nurturing way.
  • Breath perception and connection with postures and affects of Pranayama on the nervous system. 
  • Learn basic somatic principals and movement to integrate with restorative postures.  
  • Create a balanced somatic restorative practice through the structure and sequencing of a class.
  • Biomechanics of stretching and flexibility and somatic overview in relationship to Restorative Yoga and non-doing.

Friday, April 24

4:00pm-8:00pm 

 

Saturday, April 25

9:00am-6:00pm

 

Sunday, April 26

9:00am-6:00pm

INVESTMENT

Early Bird through March 1st, 2020: $420

After March 1st: $495
Manual cost- $10 to be brought on the first day of training
This somatic restorative immersion marries slow purposeful somatic moment with long head prop supported postures. Soma (living aware) or somatics is the awakened awareness of the body within movement. The difference between restoration and somatics is sensing through stillness verses sensing through movement.   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. We will dive deep into the systems of the body and its potent affects. We explore the endocrine and nervous system within a restorative and soma movement framework. The somatic movements mirror our developmental movement patterns and will prepare the body for rest in the restorative pose and specification to individuals and special population needs will be addressed. 
This course is open to all who would like to deepen their yoga practice whether you plan to teach a restorative class or not. So much can be gained with the understanding of the adaptations of traditional yoga poses with the utilization of props. With support, energy is received, tension is released, circulation is improved without the need to expend great energy.
 
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"The workshop was so valuable to me on many levels.  Attending your class on Friday really helped me to “experience” it before the weekend training.  I appreciated the time that you took in each pose describing proper alignment, adjustments and variations so that the postures can be adapted to any body.  I also appreciated your use of language of inclusion, inquiry, invitation and choice.  And most of all I appreciate your warmth  and kindheartedness towards me and the other students, as we are all learning. I am so glad to know you, and I look forward to spending more time together at your somatic training.” Jules P. 

"Your enthusiasm for what you teach is infectious and delightful. If you aimed to inspire curiosity, you hit the bullseye. Keep up the good work. You’re my favorite yoga nerd, and I mean that as high praise.”

~George S., May 2019 Somatic Restorative Immersion 

Somatic Restorative Training

The Breathing Room 

Houston, Texas

October 15 - 18, 2020

WHAT TO EXPECT
Thursday Night Workshop with our Restorative and Somatic Movement class and discussion:​
Experience postures that promote deep relaxation and recuperation. The workshop is a part of the full weekend and will allow you to experience a full somatic restorative class.  We will begin with a short discussion of a restful pose, somatic (moving within) movements, breath work, a unique restorative sequence and finish with an extended Yoga Nidra meditation. The sequences and long held poses are designed to support a strong body, mind and spirit connection with strategic placement of Yoga props which will encourage the body to release. The somatic movements between the postures will help facilitate a soma or “living aware” experience by awakening awareness of the body within. These movements will compliment the supported poses by silencing overworked areas.  
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we will investigate principals of interoception (sense) and somatic (skeletal) exploration:​
  • Explore valuable alignment and propping skills, discover a discerning eye, review cuing and touch techniques that meet the students where they are today. 
  • Break down of key restorative poses with a focus on how each pose effects the fluids, organs, tissues and glands of the body.
  • Utilize props as tools for enhancing a pose in supportive and nurturing way.
  • Breath perception and connection with postures and affects of Pranayama on the nervous system. 
  • Learn basic somatic principals and movement to integrate with restorative postures.  
  • Create a balanced somatic restorative practice through the structure and sequencing of a class.
  • Biomechanics of stretching and flexibility and somatic overview in relationship to Restorative Yoga and non-doing.

Thursday, October 15

6:00pm-9:00pm

Friday, October 16

1:00pm-4:00pm 

6:00pm-9:00pm 

 

Saturday, October 17

1:00pm-7:00pm

 

Sunday, October 18

1:00pm-7:00pm

INVESTMENT

Full Somatic Restorative Training:


Early Bird through August 1st, 2020: $425
After August 1st: $495
 
This somatic restorative immersion marries slow purposeful somatic moment with long head prop supported postures. Soma (living aware) or somatics is the awakened awareness of the body within movement. The difference between restoration and somatics is sensing through stillness verses sensing through movement.   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. We will dive deep into the systems of the body and its potent affects. We explore the endocrine and nervous system within a restorative and soma movement framework. The somatic movements mirror our developmental movement patterns and will prepare the body for rest in the restorative pose and specification to individuals and special population needs will be addressed. 
This course is open to all who would like to deepen their yoga practice whether you plan to teach a restorative class or not. So much can be gained with the understanding of the adaptations of traditional yoga poses with the utilization of props. With support, energy is received, tension is released, circulation is improved without the need to expend great energy.
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Somatic Restorative Workshop Only:


Thursday, October 15, 2020
6:00pm-9:00pm
$35
 
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