Teaching Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga – 4 Day Immersion

 November 30, 2020   10am - 5pm  with Deborah Berryman

Join the brilliant Deborah Berryman for an experience that will introduce you to the practice, concepts and teaching of Restorative Yoga, and the true importance and benefits of including trauma-informed techniques into your teaching.

Restorative yoga is considered the true antidote to stress because it allows you to relax deeply with awareness. Relaxing with awareness is the key to bringing the mind-body into a state of balance or homeostasis, similar to the effect of meditation. It’s easy to be swept away by the demands of modern life. Today’s pace of life means we are often in a state of high alert, causing our bodies to release stress hormones that stimulate the ‘fight or flight’ response. This affects our ability to sleep soundly, digest our food, focus, feel grounded, and even our ability to conceive a child.

When 1 in 3 adults report having experienced developmental trauma, it’s important we understanding trauma is about what has happened to the body, not what is wrong with the body. We will cover the neurobiology (brain and nervous system) and physiology (body operating systems) of trauma and prolonged stress (Complex/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and how to apply this wisdom into your teaching. This approach will also provide support with verbal cueing and set up of postures, sequencing, and creating a safe space for all students.

Teaching and Practicing Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga can be a powerful tool in aiding the process of regulating the nervous system and help undo the effects of stress – bringing about a sense of feeling grounded, calm, relaxed and safe.

Content + Structure
This Teaching Immersion into Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga creates space for exploration and study. In this Immersion, we will explore

  • Restorative philosophy and practice
  • Neurobiology, Nervous System, & Organs
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Techniques for propping and supporting practitioners in the postures
  • The art of skilfully holding space
  • Trauma informed yoga philosophy & application

Deborah will share her wealth of experience and the tools of the practice, exploring how to relax and rest deeply.  Each day will include Restorative Practice as well as Meditation and Self-reflection. You will be required to have your own daily practice during the course as well as journaling.

Are you Eligible?
Whether just starting the journey as a Yoga Teacher, seeking to enhance existing teaching skills or simply wish to develop their personal practice, this course is a welcome study immersion for yoga teachers and teachers in training to refresh, renew and to deepen their practice and teach authentically, grounded both in self-awareness and experiential knowledge.

It’s also open to dedicated yoga students (minimum of 2 years consistent practice) wanting to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga, and health professionals (e.g. Osteopaths, Psychomotor Therapists) keen to broaden their knowledge and skills (please note, this wouldn’t certify you as a Restorative Yoga Teacher).

Event date
4 day intensive – Monday 30th November – Thursday 3rd December 2020
10am – 5pm


Additional Hours:

  • 5 hours reading
  • 5 hour assignment
  • 10 hour home practice, reflection and journaling

On completion of the course and assignment, graduate Yoga Teachers will receive a Whitespace 50hr Restorative Teaching Certificate. Non-Teachers can receive a Certificate of Attendance upon request. Training hours can be used for CPD points e.g. Yoga Alliance, British Wheel, General Osteopathic Council. Please check with your Professional Body for details.

Deborah Berryman has been a devoted student of Judith Lasater, and one of the few people in the UK to have completed Judith’s Advanced Restorative Teacher Training.  She will share her training, experience and the tools of the practice, exploring how to relax and rest deeply.

She is a founder and senior faculty member of Whitespaces’ Teacher Training Program, and holds the highest level of certification from Yoga Alliance – Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) as well being a Mindfulness Teacher (Bangor University) and British Wheel of Yoga Dipl (BWY).

Deborah Berryman is the Founder and Director of Whitespace Studio.  Highly experienced, she is passionate about yoga and sharing the benefits of a regular, self-healing and meaningful practice.

Our teachers are carefully picked for their outstanding knowledge and teaching skill, and for their dedication to students’ learning.

We do expect this course to fill up quickly and places are limited to ensure the best standard of training and providing a personal and supportive learning experience. Full payment is required to secure your place (please see above).

Booking Terms & Conditions
In the event of cancellation:

60 days or more prior to the course start date:
Your payment will be refunded, less 10% admin fee

31 – 59 days prior to the start date:
Payments are not refundable, but are transferable to a future whitespace training, workshops or classes (less 10% admin fee).

30 days or less prior to the start date:
Payments are not refundable or transferable, unless your place can be filled from a waiting list (less 20% admin fee).

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