Sleep and rest are vital for maintaining good health, but so often we suffer from tiredness, lack of motivation and reduced productivity due to missing out on crucial hours of good, quality sleep.
According to the NHS, 1 in 3 adults suffer from sleeping problems, often blamed on work-related stress and computers, which over time, can put people at risk of serious medical conditions. Matthew Walker, the author of Why We Sleep argues a causal link between sleep-deprivation and physical health such as chronic conditions (diabetes, digestive problems, migraines), heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, as well as our mental health including anxiety and depression to name a few. The recommended amount of sleep for the average adult is around 8 hours, but with the busy working lifestyles of today, many function on just 6 hours due to a restless sleeping pattern.
At Whitespace Yoga & Wellbeing Studio, our weekly calming classes – yin, restorative, meditation – have been booming, as they’re an excellent way to help alleviate the stress and weight on the nervous system and improve sleeping habits.
Offering these calming yoga classes to your teaching schedule is a great way to help your students relax and improve their sleep health.
Have you thought about adding these types of yoga styles to your class schedule?
As a yoga teacher, taking a new training course or workshop is a fantastic way to enhance your skill set, as well as being able to update your timetable with new classes for your students.
If you’re interested in adding calming classes to your weekly schedule and helping your students achieve a healthier sleeping pattern, try our 4-day Teacher Training Immersion courses in Yin Yoga or Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga.
Why train at Whitespace Studio’s Teacher Training Centre?
Whitespace has been a leading UK training centre for the past 10 years. Having trained and developed over 1000 teachers and wellbeing professionals, we have continued to demonstrate excellent teaching standards and are proud to be one of the most thorough, current, respected and hands-on training centre’s in the country. With a 95% 5-Star Rating on our teacher events, the figures and feedback speak for themselves.
Yin Yoga Teacher Training
Practising Yin Yoga is essential for injury prevention and joint health. The postures focus on the tissue around the joints, increasing elasticity. The practice also includes several long, forward bending postures, designed to restore energy and calm the nervous system – a perfect remedy for anyone with sleep problems!
Our Yin Yoga Teacher Training course is a 4-day immersion taught by Senior Yoga Teacher, Dawn Wright. Dawn has studied with many inspiring teachers including Sarah Powers. She has over 20 years teaching experience, trained hundreds of yoga teachers since 2012 – so you’re in good hands if you decide to train with Dawn at Whitespace!
This course you’ll explore Yin Sequencing, the use of props and modifications, deeper teaching skills, the history of Yin Yoga, Chinese Meridian Theory, fascia and skeletal variations in Yin and Meditation practices.
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
Restorative yoga is a relaxing mix of supported, passive poses held over long periods to evoke deep relaxation, healing the nervous system and supporting healthy organs. There are many benefits of these classes – it helps with blood pressure, immune function, digestion, fertility and elimination.
Our Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 4-day Immersion is taught by the brilliant Senior Yoga Teacher, Deborah Berryman – who has over 15 years’ teaching experience and is passionate about Restorative Yoga. As Director of Whitespace Studio’s teacher training faculty, she is an excellent ‘teacher of teachers’.
In this course, you will cover the following…
• Restorative philosophy and practice
• Neurobiology, Nervous System, & Organs
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Techniques for propping and supporting practitioners in the postures
• The art of skillfully holding space
• Trauma-informed yoga philosophy & application
On completion of both these courses, you’ll receive a Whitespace 50hr Restorative Teaching certificate, and will be able to use your training for CPD points. Find out full details and FAQ’s for Teaching Restorative Yoga.
Take steps to avoid burnout
We know that being a yoga teacher is not just a life of glamorous classes and travelling, it’s your version of building a livelihood, running a business and juggling that with day-to-day life. It’s quite easy to get caught up in it all and experience the feeling of burnout.
Making conscious decisions to not overdo it, be smart about how you schedule your time, expand your teaching knowledge by continuing to take classes you enjoy and always remember to treat yourself. But most importantly, breathe. Take time for yourself and never neglect your own wellbeing while helping others with theirs – this includes sleep! During your back to back classes and busy routine, ensure you don’t sacrifice those precious moments of rest or hours of sleep that can work wonders.
A healthy rest and sleeping pattern is important for everyone, students and teachers alike. So it’s good to remember to stay on top your own rest as well – adding these calming styles to your schedule will not only help your students but will also promote your own healthy rest and sleep routine.
We welcome new and established teachers to join us in our training courses to refresh, renew and deepen their practice. Our other advanced teacher training courses include iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training – all of which are great additions to any teaching schedule and offer incredible benefits for both you and your students.
If you’re struggling to get enough zzz’s, try the podcast ‘Sleep With Me’ as recommended by Senior Yoga Teacher, Deborah Berryman. It helps your brain stop thinking about 100 things!