caesura // the pause


caesura // a rhythmical pause, break or interruption in music, poetry, or another work of art.  usually, a "caesura" means total silence, but not for long. 

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Holding space for others to explore, process and integrate their lives is the most beautiful work I have ever experienced.   As teachers, in this month long immersion we'll look at the art of rest, of subtle openings, thoughtful support and energetic guidance as ways to, as Ram Dass puts it "walk each other home".

this 28 hour program offers:

  • Mindful intention setting and clarification of purpose when teaching Restorative Yoga

  • Learn about deliberate rest, its benefits and its effects on the nervous system

  • Reiki I attunement

  • Examination of Restorative Yoga poses, and modifications for every body

  • Identifying discomfort and finding comfort

  • Adjustments and support using subtle energy points (as found in marma and acupressure)

  • Embodying the role as a teacher, the language of rest, setting space & holding space

  • Respect for the individual experience

  • Breathwork and Sequencing

  • A written handbook

  • 1:1 Mentorship

  • An intimate program, only six students

  • 20 in person hours, 6 non-contact hours, 2 sessions of mentorship (over Skype or in person)

  • Ongoing opportunities to audit / assist classes or workshops with Gwendolyn

caesura//the pause: a reiki + restorative training beautifully presents what rest actually is, the importance of it and how to best interweave and advocate for it for yourself and within yoga classes. This was so masterfully created and presented by Gwen.

This training is one that unfolds with first exploring and understanding one’s own relationship with sleep versus rest. caesura expands upon and provides new concepts on the foundational 200 hour yoga teacher training. I most enjoyed the anatomy & physiology, asanas as well as sequencing portions of the training.

Also, I loved being able to expand upon my knowledge of energy work within restorative yoga. As a Reiki I Practitioner, it was important for me to understand how to best incorporate as an offering in my yoga classes.

Finally, the most invaluable part of this training is the mentorship. As a teacher, mentorship is so important. Gwen incorporates mentoring sessions within this training which includes shadowing your class and providing feedback.
— Danielle

in person dates:

February 15th, 2019 . . . 6:00pm - 9:00pm

February 16, 2019 . . . 12:00pm - 7:00pm

February 17, 2019 . . . 12:00pm - 5:00pm

March 9, 2019 . . . 1:00pm - 6:00pm

INVESTMENT (in yourself, your practice and my work):

This intimate 28 hour Restorative Yoga and Reiki Teacher Training includes a Reiki I Attunement, ongoing mentorship and course certificate of completion. We are, by choice, not affiliated with the Yoga Alliance registry.

Early Registration, by January 5, 2019, $750

Registration, beginning January 6, 2019, $850

Payment plans are available.


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about gwen & these practices 


My passion and advocacy for rest grows every day and though I have studied it for years, it is through living it that I feel I understand the practices of Restorative Yoga from this deep, cellular level.   It is through love, grief, uncertainty and change that I have created this relationship with rest and through my own practice and unrelenting inquisition into the sensations and synchronicities that arise.  Through techniques and styles both learned and intuitive, I introduce deliberate rest back into our community as an accessible, creative, fluid practice - something reminiscent of its Iyengar lineage but also something new and unique at the same time.   

Deliberate rest is time to process and to integrate our experiences and to recondition our nervous system.   To remind us all of the power we carry in our breath.  The power in our surrender.  To remember what it feels like to be supported (literally).  

Holding space can only be done with great purpose.  How clear it is in those moments: the pervasiveness of our conditioning, of our expectations, of our boundaries and lack there of.  There is an intensity, a gentleness, a vulnerability in sharing these moments with others.  In being a companion to this quietude.  In helping others feel expansive.  Reiki, a modality of subtle energy work, helps us better see through this lens, helps us offer ourselves in comforting and deep ways to witness these shifts.  

If this resonates with you, let us  g a t h e r.

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I am so glad you made your way here.  This is your invitation: become an advocate for rest.  

We are all in this together, stronger together.

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