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Restorative Yoga for Physical Therapists - Remote Course - January 16-17, 2021 8:00am-12:00pm Pacific Time

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Price: $275
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 10.5

This course is an online course that combines live Zoom discussions and labs, pre-recorded lectures, and pre-recorded practices that will be the basis for experiencing and integrating restorative yoga into physical therapy practice.

It is well known that stress is an important contributor to overall quality of life, chronic pain and disease risk. Our society’s focus on high productivity and achievement often creates chronic fatigue and reduced ability to regulate our nervous systems. Sleep maybe the only time a person actually rests during the day. For those who have survived trauma, even sleep is not restful. And so we stay in a state of stress that is difficult to manage.

Restorative yoga is an accessible practice that can teach patients (and practitioners) how to rest systematically, for short periods of time, on a regular basis to encourage parasympathetic nervous system to balance with the sympathetic nervous system for improved neuroregulation. We will also talk about the difference between meditation and restorative yoga, and how they can support each other in order to support the ability to drop into relaxation.

Designed for the virtual class room, the lectures are pre-recorded for viewing at convenience. A set of restorative postures, each taking 20-30 minutes are offered prior to the live meetings so that participants can experience what a patient might experience when restorative yoga is a component of their home program. We will then discuss participant experiences, questions and strategize how to reduce barriers to relaxation so that patients can integrate this practice into their life style. There will also be live labs for breathing techniques and specific meditations that may be helpful to patients working with an unregulated nervous system.


Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

There are approximately 8 hours of pre-recorded lectures & labs that are to be completed prior to the first day of live meetings.



This continuing education seminar is targeted to any licensed health care professional. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care. This course does not certify participants as yoga instructors.


Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

Module 1: Intro to Yoga (45 min)
Module 2: Props & Scavenger Hunt (15 min)
Module 3: Trauma (30 min)
Module 4: Dissociation (30 min)
Module 5: Pranayama (30 min)
Pre-recorded Labs: Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama.

Day One:

8:00 Welcome, Intros and Zoom Management
8:30 Lecture Review: Modules 1, 2, 5
9:30 Lab Pranyama: Alt Nostril Breathing 
9:40 Lab Restorative: Viparita Karani
9:55 Break
10:10 Lecture Review: Modules 3, 4
11:00 LAB: Maitri Meditation
11:10 Lecture:Module 6
12:00 Adjourn

Restorative Yoga Practices video

Day Two:

8:00 Review Homework & Day 1
8:45 Small Group Practice Teaching - Pranayama
9:15 Discussion
9:30 Small Group Practice Teaching - Restorative Set up
10:00 Break
10:15 Small Group Practice Teaching - Meditation or Restorative Setup
10:40 Discussion
11:00 Small Group Practice Teaching Time Permitting
11:30 Odds and ends (billing, recourse, questions, telethealth)
12:00 Adjourn

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the origins of contemporary yoga
  2. Describe the difference between restorative yoga, general yoga, meditation and pranayama.
  3. Identify differences between the styles of yoga and be able to offer this information to patients to improved education.
  4. Help patients find accessible means to practice restorative yoga in order to reduce financial barriers to practice.
  5. Describe the benefits of props during yoga practice.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of trauma prevalence, and be able to identify a list of trauma triggers that may arise during restorative yoga, and how to modify set up to reduce triggers.
  7. Discuss various types of trauma with which patients may present.
  8. Customize practice through graded exposures and environmental controls
  9. Dose restorative yoga for patients for improved relaxation.
  10. Describe the window of tolerance model and how that relates to modifications to postures.
  11. Describe potential adverse effects of meditation and have a strategy for patient care.

Attending a remote course is easy and safe, and you can do it entirely from the security and comfort of your own home or clinic without having to find a lab partner.


Important thing to note: 

- To attend a remote Herman & Wallace course, registrants will need Zoom video conferencing software. This is a requirement. One can create an account and download the software to their computer at https://zoom.us/

- We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our remote course start and end times (this is not the case for in-person and satellite lab locations). Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.

- A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.

- Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses

Kate Bailey, PT, DPT, MS, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Y4C, CPI

Kate Bailey

Kate received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Masters of Science in Anatomy from the University of Delaware. Her physical therapy practice is focused on pelvic for all genders and ages. Kate brings over 15 years of teaching movement experience to her physical therapy practice with specialities in Pilates and yoga with a focus on alignment and embodiment. Kate’s pilates background was unusual as it followed a multi-lineage price apprenticeship model that included study of complementary movement methodologies such as the Franklin Method, Feldenkrais and Gyrotonics®. Building on her Pilates teaching experience, Kate began an in depth study of yoga, training with renown teachers of the vinyasa and Iyengar traditions. She held a private practice teaching movement prior to transitioning into physical therapy and relocating to Seattle.