Judith Lasater Restorative Yoga: What I Learned At Teacher Training

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I was just blessed to have spent five glorious days at one of my most favorite places on earth, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. And those five days were spent learning from the Grand Dame of Restorative Yoga herself, the incredible Judith Laster. Her book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, was published over 15 years ago is considered the bible of restorative yoga.

Interestingly, the most profound thing I learned from Judith was not about the best eye pillow and to always ‘fill in the space’ when setting up students in a restorative yoga pose. Rather, it was about living a restorative lifestyle.

One of the ways she taught us about living a restorative lifestyle was via ‘homework assignments.’  In the midst of teaching the course content, her mercurial mind would cook up yet another one for us. It got to the point where all the students would start laughing when she would announce midstream, “I have a another homework assignment for you!”

I want to share a few of these brilliant nugget homework assignments so you too can start to cultivate a restorative lifestyle:

•  Make a list of five things that consistently disturb your ease. {Judith collected these and burned them all in a ritual fire for us. Bless her!}

•  Go to bed at 10pm. And if you’re not already doing this, go to bed 30 minutes earlier each night until you work backwards to 10p.

•  Look at your calendar and for the next three weeks, remove 2 commitments a week. {Judith shared how she schedules savasana into her afternoons. What an amazing world we would live in if that synched to everybody’s calendar!}

•  Eliminate ‘hyper-tasking.’ During the week of restorative yoga teacher training we were to focus on ‘uni-tasking.’ {I know, what a concept!}

•  Make a list of 3-5 things that you can reliably use to restore ease. {For us yogis, we were not allowed to have any yoga or meditation on the list.}

•  RECEIVE. For the next three weeks, whenever someone offers us help in any form we are to respond simply with “Yes, thank you.”

•  And on the sole night during the training that Kripalu served dessert we were instructed to  — yes, you guessed it —EAT DESSERT!

restorative yoga propsMight you benefit from some restorative lifestyle sprinkles? Please join me for the upcoming FREE Self-Care Virtual Salon. The ‘homework assignments’ I will be sharing all take 10 minutes or less. :)

 

 

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