Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga Training in La Jolla/ San Diego/ now ONLINE

The curriculum will include:

Energy Body


Body Systems (endocrine system, nervous system, etc)


Business of Yoga

Some Thai Yoga


“I was amazed at the depth of support provided by Stephanie Pafford and Akasha Yoga. After a mix of health issues leading to insomnia and anxiety I am so grateful I discovered Restorative Yoga at Akasha.  This yoga was able to help calm my hyperactive mind and nervous system, let me sleep and promote healing.  As an Occupational Therapist and a Board Certified Coach, I was impressed by the deep rapport Stephanie had with me and other students.  In addition, Stephanie has a deep understanding of Anatomy and Physiology and provides gentle, but potent hands on support. With so much gratitude for this yoga, I knew I wanted to become a student of Stephanie’s. As a result I have recently completed my Restorative Yoga Certification and am deeply appreciative of what I have to now share. It is hard to describe the special way Stephanie shares her heart and wisdom with her students. Akasha Yoga is absolutely filled with divine an supportive healing energy and teachers.”  BL-

“Restorative Yoga; was for me, cathartic. I feel it enables us to offer classes and workshops that touch something deep within us all, at the very least the need to feel nurtured, to take for oneself. In these busy times looking after ourselves is vital and Restorative yoga does that on a profound and deep level. Stephanie’s class gives us that ability. It gives us the underpinning knowledge to make the class seem simple but is yet delivered with great knowledge of the body’s systems to ensure that people can surrender to the deep relaxation it offers. They have no need to understand that their para-sympathetic nervous system has been bought on line to enable such a sense of well-being they just know they feel the best they’ve felt for months, maybe longer, that’s for us to facilitate.

The course is a great balance between theoretical and practical enabling us to understand exactly what the student needs on all levels.

Take the course and experience it for yourself it can change your life and others too, how great is that.” JB-

“Stephanie’s restorative training was amazing.  We went deep into the subtle body to learn about the Koshas and the Nadis and how everything connects with our physical anatomy.  Stephanie is very knowledgeable about how our mind and body work together with our spirit and how it can affect our health.  We learned about the benefits of restorative yoga and how doing everything in a loving manner is what is most important. I loved the session on Thai yoga massage and also the one on different essential oils used in restorative classes. The group demonstrated on each other, so we got to experience how it feels to be in a restorative class as well as hands on experience.  We even were given the opportunity to assist Stephanie in one of her very popular and powerful workshops.  If you are looking to receive your certification in “Restorative yoga”, I highly recommend you train with Stephanie Pafford.” TJ-

“Dear Akasha family,
I want to express my gratitude for such a loving community which continues to provide classes, workshops and certification programs that can not compare with the mainstream offers. Recently I had the privilege
to participate in a  Restorative Certification given by Stephanie Pafford whose heart and integrity is always felt.  This intimate and educational session left me with a clear understanding of Restorative and how I can integrate this into my class…everyone can benefit from a Restorative session.  As with all classes at Akasha you leave with a sense of gaining more than what you signed up for and a longing for it to go on…..with love……Namaste Peace be with you..” KY-
Topics Covered:
– Energy Body
– Chakras
– Body Systems (endocrine system, nervous system, etc)
– Poses
– Business of Yoga
– Some Thai Yoga
Some questions you may have on CE:
Q: Are there approved providers for continuing education?
Yes, Stephanie is a certified Continuing Education Provider thru Yoga Alliance.

Registration is $800 contact Stephanie

Q: What is Restorative Yoga?
A: Restorative yoga has best been described as “active relaxation” and is a method par excellence for attaining deep relaxation, tranquility and the many benefits of “de-stressing”. Using blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps, and other “props” to support the body, practitioners generally experience profound shifts in their nervous system, thus allowing a physiological shift to deep restfulness, calm abiding and well-being. Gravity does the “work” as the body progressively relaxes and softens. As this occurs, so do the signs and symptoms of stress, such as depressed or elevated moods, hypertension, muscle tension, digestive problems, high cholesterol levels, eyestrain, headaches and more.

Q: Who Can Benefit?
Everyone! Whether you are a competitive athlete, marathon runner, or someone recovering from addition, a debilitating illness, or emotional upset, these modalities can benefit you immensely. They will “meet you where you are.”

Restorative Yoga is also very helpful for people who are working with the following situations:
– Fibromyalgia

– Irritable Bowel Syndrome

– Nervousness, Anxiety, Panic

– Depression

– Mourning

– Sciatica, Muscle tension

– Over-achieving, Perfectionism

– Sleeplessness and Insomnia

– Autoimmune illness

Possible Benefits also include:

– Improved Posture

– Relief from Back pain

– Relief from physical exhaustion and Fatigue

– Relief from chronic stress related condition (insomnia, headaches, digestive problems, etc.)

– Better Resistance to injury

– Release of lactic acid and or other toxins from areas of accumulation

– Improved circulation, metabolism and immunity

– Lower cholesterol levels

Excerpts from Relax and Renew By Judith Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.

STRESS CAN MAKE YOU SICK ~Stress begins with a physiological response to what your body-mind perceives as life-threatening. For our ancestors, this may have been defending against the aggression of a hungry animal. For modern-day humans, this may be living with the fear of losing a job in a sagging economy, or the health crisis of a family member. Whatever the stressor, the mind alerts the body that danger is present. In response, the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, secrete catecholamine hormones. These adrenaline and noradrenalin hormones act upon the autonomic nervous system, as the body prepares for fight or flight. Heart rate, blood pressure, mental alertness, and muscle tension are increased. The adrenal hormones cause metabolic changes that make energy stores available to each cell and the body begins to sweat. The body also shuts down systems that are not a priority in the immediacy of the moment, including digestion, elimination, growth, repair, and reproduction. These adaptive responses have been positive for the survival of the human race over thousands of years. For our ancestors, a stressful situation usually resolved itself quickly. They fought or they ran, and, if they survived, everything returned to normal. The hormones were used beneficially, the adrenal glands stopped producing stress hormones, and systems that were temporarily shut down resumed operation. To his detriment, modern man is often unable to resolve his stress so directly, and lives chronically stressed as a result. Still responding to the fight or flight response, the adrenals continue to pump stress hormones. The body does not benefit from nutrition because the digestion and elimination systems are slowed down. Even sleep is disturbed by this agitated state. In a chronically stressed state, quality of life, and perhaps life itself, is at risk. The body’s capacity to heal itself is compromised, either inhibiting recovery from an existing illness or injury, or creating a new one, including high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, immune dysfunction, reproductive problems, and depression. These conditions add stress of their own and the cycle continues.
David Spiegel, M.D., author of Living Beyond Limits, reports, “In medicine, we are learning that physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, can be influenced by psychological interventions, such as relaxation training. Indeed, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report recommending these non-drug approaches as the treatment of choice for milder forms of hypertension. Mind and body are connected and must work together, and this should be a powerful asset in treating medical illness.”
3830 Valley Center Drive P.O. Box 705-715, San Diego Ca 92130

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