Workshops and Events at Bodhi Tree

 

Michele Theoret  Workshop

 

Show Up. Step to The Edge. Radiate Love. Let Go&Flow 

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There is a saying in yoga that how we do anything is how we do everything. We all aspire to do great things, but sometimes get lost in the process, somewhere in between creating an intention, setting a goal and actually getting it done we get lost, hurt, broken, freaked out, burnt out and pissed off.  We either give up or go for broke. Challenge makes you stronger, however the harder you are on anything the faster it breaks down, it is therefore in learning to navigate the edge with compassionate curiosity where growth and resilience is found. Learn how to align your intentions and desires with your actions in order to stay focused, compassionate and determined throughout the process. During this workshop Michele Theoret, will unpack the psychology of “Flow state” otherwise known as the psychology of optimal experience. We will explore the physical and mental anatomy required to align your intentions with your energy and actions focusing of the process over the pose as we navigate some challenging sequences and postures. We will become so committed to the “process” that: Crane, Flying Sage, Forearm balance and other “big” poses will become “no big deal”.

Enlighten-up 

Explore your “blind-spots” those areas in the body that get stuck, trapped and hidden as a result of stress, chronic tension, overuse, underuse, injury and our posture and lifestyle habits. As we “bring light to” our otherwise unconscious ways of acting and reacting in our bodies we can begin to unravel from the inside out, transforming the way we show up in our bodies and life. We will explore our connective tissue, the web that holds us together and tells our story, through various modalities including, movement, self myo-fascial release, foam rolling, visualization, progressive relaxation, meditation and yoga nidra. These techniques have been shown to increase proprioception and mood while decreasing stress, tension and pain. This class is for all levels and will empower you with the education and tools necessary to incorporate self myo-fascial release into your self-care rituals. 

Michele Theoret BSc, M.S, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, CPT and Psychologist in training 

Michele is a mother of 3 the creator and primary facilitator of Empowered Yoga, Mindfulness and Lifestyle, and the Director of BEology Project Foundation. Michele has been teaching and studying: yoga, mindfulness, health and wellness for over 20 years.  As a wellness expert, she has studied extensively in various fields including; Exercise science BSc, Natural Medicine M.S, and is currently completing her MA in Counseling Psychology.  Her vision as a teacher and wellness therapist is to empower people to take control off their health and happiness using: movement, meditation and self-care practices. Through her classes, wellness programs and teacher trainings, she offers effective lifestyle practices that combine the ancient traditions and philosophy of yoga with modern kinesiology, psychology, and neuroscience designed to transform the way you show up in your body and life. 

“Movement is medicine. Health and wellness programs that do not acknowledge movement as an essential component of wellness or that do not effectively integrate modern movement paradigms into their thousand-year-old philosophies lack the empowering dialogue essential for transformation and evolution. Meditation is medicine, as it creates fertile space for the cultivation of potential, any health and fitness regime that does not include psychological health is incomplete. Food is medicine, any diet or prescription that neglects nourishment through whole foods as an essential component of healing is irresponsible and finally we are born from and interconnected with mother earth, she sustains us, nourishes us, and supports us. The recognition of our place in this miraculous universe: our roots, is the foundation for which health and wellness is born” Michele Theoret 

35 Hour Restorative Training

June 14th-17th

This teacher training is a complete training for those who wish to teach and/or practice Restorative Yoga.  The training is a rich exploration to inform the personal study as well as teaching skills of each student.  Students will learn the joys of restorative yoga through first-hand experience of the postures, and will also learn hands on experience in how to teach students of all levels.  Also, students will learn the Ayurvedic, physiological, emotional, and biomechanical elements of each pose.

An extensive repertoire of beginner as well as advanced postures will be passed on to students with the detail necessary to bring depth and life changing benefits to students.  How to set up the postures in detail, as well as modify for a class with less props will be explored. 

This training fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for Continuing Education and is also recognized by CanFit Pro for full credit.  This training certifies students to teach regular lead or preregistered classes at yoga studios, to work privately with students or offer introductory workshops.

Course Curriculum

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In the context of this course we will be studying the science of the nervous system as well as Ayurveda and many different postures in different variations.    All of them are not listed below, only a few in certain examples.  Class curriculum will shift to a small degree each time depending on student questions.  Below is a possible course curriculum depending on student questions and interest some themes may be focussed on more than others.

Fundamentals of Teaching Restorative Yoga

  • Basics of Restorative Yoga
  • Understanding the Nervous System: Parasympathetic and Sympathetic. How
  • Restorative Yoga Affects the Nervous System.
  • The well-propped pose: to prop or not to prop and why?- Stress related disorders, and how they can be caused by an imbalanced nervous system.
  • Understanding the role of traditional wisdom and scientific understanding as it informs the Restorative Yoga Practice.
  • Restorative Yoga and the 5 senses. Exploring these concepts practically through practice.

Elements of Support, Restorative Adjustments

  • The psychology of deep support.
  • The pranas and their relationship to Restorative Yoga.
  • The role of mindfulness in the Restorative yoga practice.
  • A detailed look at proper support of the hands, knees, back, pelvis,arms, and neck in Savasana and elevated chest pose.
  • Use of blankets to move and support of the body.
  • Art of touch.
  • Adjustments with blankets.
  • Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system with either props or adjustments.
  • Use of weights, sandbags, smaller seed bag weights.

Traditional Wisdom, Subtle Elements

  • The vayus and their relationship to Restorative Yoga.
  • Cooling and Heating/ Calming and Stimulating: understanding the basics of what each restorative does to various systems and parts of the body according to traditional wisdom.
  • A detailed beginning exploration of these concepts through Setu Bandha Sarvangasana and Supta Baddha Konasana.
  • Ayurveda, Western Culture, and Restorative Yoga: The Three doshas and how they relate to Restorative Yoga.

Digestion

  • Understanding the affect of these poses on  the full digestive system.

Calming and Restoring

  • What asanas can best help anxiety and fatigue.

Breathing, Soothing, Lungs, and Liver

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  • Supported Shoulderstand,
  • Supta Paschimottanasana, and Adjustments.
  • Closing or opening the lungs with blocks.
  • Restorative Twists.
  • The emotion of anger. Restoratives for the liver – healing stagnation, orinvigorating.  Restoratives for Pitta Imbalances.

Pelvis and Lower Back

  • Grounding the Femurs and balancing the pelvis.
  • Restorative Variations on Grounding the pelvis, and healing the Back.
  • Sandbags.
  • Using pillars
  • Setu bandha sarvangasana variation with bent knees, and sandbag.
  • Supine Balasana.

Women and Men:  Prostate, Menses and Menopause

  • Menses: an irregular or painful Moon Cycle/ PMS
  • Poses for Prostate
  • Poses for Menopause
  • Supta baddha konasana with 3 variations
  • Elevated Blocks pose.
  • Heart and High Blood pressure: specific techniques.

Pregnancy, Fertility, Sides and Hips

  • Supported Janu Sirsasana
  • Supported Pigeon
  • Restorative Yoga for Pregnancy, and Fertility. Restorative SideStretches.  Restorative side lying poses for scoliosis.
  • Restorative Yoga and Pregnancy – a lecture on the stages of pregnancy,what to avoid, and when.
  • Side Lying Savasana,
  • Supine Virasana and variations.

Emotional Healing

  • Soothing Anger
  • Calming distress
  • Comforting Grief
  • Awakening from dullness and depression
  • Healing Anxiety
  • Being Present to the Emotions in a Restorative Practice.

Sequencing

  • The Art of Sequencing for Classes
  • Restorative Yoga and the Four Seasons
  • Teaching for Groups and Individuals
  • Bringing Students to deep rest: ideal timing, atmosphere, reading the room.
  • Practice Teaching: Gaining Confidence with presenting the material.

Open to all Students

 Many students have attended this training that were not yoga teachers either to inform their own health and wellness or to inform their line of work.  The training is a rich resource for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of their own health and looking into non invasive, gentle, affordable, but powerful tools for healing. 

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Those who have attended the restorative training in the past are police officers, massage therapists, border patrol agents, acupuncturists, social workers, chaplains, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, teachers or students seeking insight into their own health conditions.

Final Project for Restorative Certification:

Components for the final project consist of a journal documenting your Restorative practice as well as a photo journal of private classes with individual Restorative students and a short book report.

Cost:

35 Hour Training:  $750 + tax (Early Bird rate is $695 + tax  use the promo code "restore" at purchase till May 1st)

$60 Certification fee mailed in two to three months later at the time of submitting the class project.

(Not all curriculum listed below is offered in each training and some different material is offered depending on student questions and pressing issues...)

Andrea Peloso discovered yoga as a young teen and has been teaching for 17 years.  Her teaching has brought her across Canada, as well as the United States and Japan.

Andrea has over 1750 hours of yoga training and more than 800 hours of study  with Judith Lasater, of whom she is an assistant (click here).  She also has studied with Ramanad Patel, and has hundreds of hours of study with many senior and accomplished teachers ( for a full description read more) as well as the experience of teaching and assisting full time for sixteen years.  Andrea has a degree with honours in Philosophy and Women's Studies and has studied Eastern and Indian Philosophy.

Andrea has an energetic, gentle and caring teaching style and seeks to make her classes highly educational, straightforward, fun, safe and inclusive.

JUDITH TESTIMONIAL:

"Andrea Peloso is a dedicated teacher who I trust to offer excellent instruction.  She cares deeply for yoga students and the practice of yoga."  Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, PT, yoga teacher since 1971, and author of 8 books.

(Not all curriculum listed below is offered in each training and some different material is offered depending on student questions and pressing issues...)

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Happy Soles

w/Sarah Garden

The foundation of movement, healthy feet can change everything.  Move with greater ease and have less back, neck and jaw tension/pain just by changing the way you walk and move. 

Tuesday June 19th

6:00-9:00

70.00$

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Build a Butt

w/Sarah Garden

Build your butt muscles and get better pelvic stability, treat pelvic floor dysfunction, improve continence, treat pelvic pain, improve low back pain, improve balance, and move with greater ease and stability.

Tuesday June 26th

6:00-9:00

70.00$