TEACHER TRAININGTrauma Informed Restorative Yoga Teacher Training: 4-day Immersion

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.

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

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.

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.

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).

• 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 is known for her infectious curiosity for the practice and for life. Drawing on over 12yrs of teaching experience, she is passionate about Restorative Yoga and sharing the life enhancing benefits of a regular practice.

She is a ‘teacher of teachers’, and teaches national and international Retreats, Workshops and Teacher Trainings which are always insightful and great fun. She strikes that balance of touching the deeper & more profound aspects of our practice and ourselves while rediscovering a lightness and playful side – very life affirming!

Her teaching explores physiology as well as our emotional and energetic patterns, as she believes to free the body, we must first understand how everything integrates, and how we can support all aspects of the self to bring about healing.

Deborah studied for many years with Judith Lasater, assisting her training in the UK and completing her Advanced Therapeutic Restorative Teacher Training. She will share her training, experience and personal insights, exploring the power of relaxing and resting deeply.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT RESTORATIVE TEACHER TRAINING

You don’t need to have had experience of Restorative Yoga, but we strongly recommend you try out as many classes if you can. This will allow you to begin to understand the practice, both from a student and teacher perspective, and get the most out of the training.

Yes you can. If you are a dedicated yoga student (with a minimum of 2 years consistent practice) you are able to attend the course to deepen your knowledge and experience. You may choose to integrate this learning into your practice or even your field of work, but you will not be a qualified Restorative Yoga Teacher unless you have completed your foundation level Teacher Training (usually 200hr or equivalent). In this instance, you can still receive a Certificate of Attendance upon request.

Yes absolutely! All poses can be modified to take care of specific needs. Please let us know if there’s anything we should be aware of.

ABOUT THE COMMITMENT FOR RESTORATIVE TEACHER TRAINING

The course is a 50 hour course, which is made up of the following.

24 contact teaching hours
26 non-contact hours including:
– 10 Hours reading & reflection
– 16 Hours assignment including case study research, writing, practice and journaling

We make our cancellation and refund policy transparent – ensuring it’s available before booking, at the time of booking and also on your receipt confirmation – so you can make an informed decision. Please take time to read this carefully.  All clients are asked to agree to Whitespace terms and conditions upon booking a course or workshop.

In the event of Whitespace cancelling an event:
you will receive a full refund, or the option of being transferred to another workshop or a credit to your Whitespace account.

In the event of you cancel an event place:
provided you have notified us within the cancellation window (see below), you can receive a refund (less deposit or admin fee), or the option of being transferred to another workshop or a credit to your Whitespace account

We regret no refund or transfer can be given outside of these terms, including if you are unable to attend due to illness, work, family or other reasons. Before committing to a course or event, please ensure you can attend the scheduled number of sessions to get the most out of the programme. This cancellation policy is firm.

EventCancellation Window
Teacher Workshops & Intensives & 8 Week Mindfulness
+60 days before start date
refund less 10% admin fee

 

Transfer to Another Student
By You – If you cancel an event outside of the cancellation window, no refund will be available. You may pass your booking on to a friend at no additional cost (please arrange payment between you). We must be notified via email if a friend will attend in your place.

By Us – If the event is full and we can find someone on the wait list to take your place, we will offer you a refund less a 20% admin fee, or credit your Whitespace account for future purchases – valid for 1 year.

Leaving an Event
It is our aim and policy to facilitate students who may be experiencing difficulties either with the event or in other areas of their life, so they are able to complete the event. However, we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible, and students may feel they have no choice other than to leave a course or programme. In this instance we will be unable to give you a certificate or graduate you from the training, and your event fees cannot be refunded. 

Teacher Availability
In the event where a teacher is unavailable due to illness or an emergency, an alternative teacher will be arranged wherever possible. For retreats, we strongly recommend participants have adequate insurance to cover any cancelled travel or personal expenses, as we cannot make reimbursements over and above our cancellation policy.

Booking Terms & Conditions
We do expect this Teaching Restorative Yoga Immersion Training course to fill up quickly and places are limited to ensure the best standard of training, and providing a personal and supportive learning experience. All applications and investments are subject to acceptance on to the training course. Deposit or full payment is required to secure your place (please see above). Please make sure you have read and understood our Cancellation Policy before you book.

Leaving the Training
It is our aim and policy to facilitate anyone who may be experiencing difficulties either with the training or in other areas of their life so they are able to complete the course. However, we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible and students have no choice other than to leave the course. In this instance we will be unable to give you a certificate or graduate you from the training, and your course fees cannot be refunded.

There is an assignment but this isn’t mandatory. The Assignment is a way to demonstrate a level of competency – to show the learning has been integrated and applied to a teaching setting. If you have no intention of teaching Restorative Yoga and simply wish to attend for your personal development/practice, then you don’t have to complete this (although you’re welcome to). For teachers wishing to certify as a Restorative Yoga Teacher, the Assignment is necessary – along with the completion of all training hours – to obtain Certification.

You will have 2 months to complete the written assignment. The assignment will be explained in full detail during the training, and the exact deadline date will be given to you.

To obtain the 50-hour Restorative Yoga Teaching Certificate, you need to have attended 100% of the training, otherwise, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance only for the number of hours attended. Please plan ahead for this as requests to leave early/arrive late cannot be accommodated. If there is space, it may be possible to attend the day missed when the course is next run at Whitespace Studio. There would be an additional fee for this and is subject to availability.

Leaving the Training
It is our aim and policy to facilitate anyone who may be experiencing difficulties either with the training or in other areas of their life so they are able to complete the course. However, we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible and students have no choice other than to leave the course. In this instance, we will be unable to give you a certificate or graduate you from the training, and your course fees cannot be refunded.

Provided you have maintained your commitment to the course, you will be given an opportunity to re-submit your assignment.  There may be an additional cost for this.

ABOUT RESTORATIVE TEACHER TRAINING QUALIFICATION

In this Immersion, we will explore Restorative practice, the Nervous System & Organs and the neurobiology and physiology of trauma and prolonged stress. Also recapping on relevant aspects of Yoga Anatomy, Physiology & Philosophy, the Art of Using Props & Holding Space, Teaching Techniques and Considerations. Deborah will share her 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.

Completion of this course will contribute 50hrs towards your Continued Professional Development (CPD Points). Please check with your awarding body (e.g. BWY, Yoga Alliance, FRYOG) about the specifics on how you record these. If you require a signature, please bring your forms along to the training.

Provided you have maintained your commitment to the course, you will be given an opportunity to re-submit your assignment.  There may be an additional cost for this.

There is an assignment but this isn’t mandatory. The Assignment is a way to demonstrate a level of competency – to show the learning has been integrated and applied to a teaching setting. If you have no intention of teaching Restorative Yoga and simply wish to attend for your personal development/practice, then you don’t have to complete this (although you’re welcome to). For teachers wishing to certify as a Restorative Yoga Teacher, the Assignment is necessary – along with the completion of all training hours – to obtain Certification.

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