November 22, 2020

The Art of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra Weekend Immersion

The Art of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
with Jennifer Harvey and Andrea Fotopoulos
A Weekend Immersion for Yoga Teachers and Interested Students
January 23-24, 2021

This weekend immersion open to the public. Part of the Yoga of Energy Flow 200-Hour Teacher Training it will be presented virtually and is a chance for yoga teachers and interested students to learn practical tools to bring the arts of relaxation and restoration into classes and ones life.

11 am – 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday; lunch break from 1:30-2:30 pm. Cost: $165 

In Restorative Yoga, with the use of props such as blankets, blocks, and bolsters, the body is completely supported to promote the relaxation response, and reduce stress.


Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation that takes one into deep relaxation for healing and restoration.


This weekend we will explore the art, science, practice and teaching methodology of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra, and inquire into what it means and how is feels to make space, slow down, intentionally relax, rest, soothe the nervous system and find a sense of deep calm and inner stillness. We will also explore how to effectively integrate these practices into a yoga class and ones personal practice.

Saturday ~ Restorative Yoga:
• What is Restorative Yoga – History, Theory and Practice
• Why Restorative Yoga is so important as a part of a well-rounded yoga practice
• The Stress Response and the Endocrine System
• Restorative Yoga Practice – personal exploration and inquiry
• The importance and use of props – how to use them to create optimal relaxation and rest
• Teaching Methodology – how to design Restorative Yoga sequences and how to teach effectively
• ractice Teaching in Dyads

Sunday ~ Yoga Nidra:
• What is Yoga Nidra – History, Theory and Practice
• Why Yoga Nidra is so important as a part of a well-rounded yoga practice
• The Koshas and Associations – 10 Stages of Yoga Nidra
• Yoga Nidra Practice – personal exploration and inquiry
• Teaching Methodology – how to design Yoga Nidra scripts and how to teach effectively
• Practice Teaching in Dyads

Throughout the weekend we will examine the student-teacher relationship and how to create a space that is accessible to every body and trauma-informed.

For yoga teachers, this immersion is available for CEUs, and will provide new materials and insights that can be brought into yoga classes.

Jennifer Harvey, RYT 200, has been sharing her love of yoga for over 20 years. In her classes, she provide a space for self-discovery, where students can connect to the voice of their hearts, the optimal strength and suppleness of their bodies, the gift of life and the creativity of the moment.
Prior to opening Laughing Dog Yoga, Jen was a full time body/mind psychotherapist. Currently she is a facilitator for TIMBo (trauma-informed mind/body) program, and part of a team that offers trainings and workshops nationally and internationally.
Jennifer has owned Laughing Dog Yoga in Wellesley for 15 years, which offers over 50 classes a week in yoga, movement, and other healing arts.  Visit Jen at


Andrea Fotopoulos, RYT 200, has been practicing asana since 1996 and teaching since 2004. Known for her skill, clarity and authenticity, Andrea’s teaching style is a blend of functional alignment, dynamic movement and inspiration that creates a bridge between the hard work on the mat and off.
Dedicated to making yoga accessible for everybody by making the difficult doable and the doable difficult, Andrea’s personal practice and teaching style are heavily shaped by the Anusara yoga methodology, Tantric yoga philosophy and her ongoing studies with her highly skilled and deeply inspiring teachers: Christina Sell, Desiree Rumbaugh, Darren Rhodes, Noah Maze, Douglas Brooks and all of their teachers and their teachers’ teachers.  Visit Jen at

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