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.
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 (Usui Holy Fire)
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
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 // is currently in session
Fall 2019 dates to be announced soon. Please send me a note to keep in touch or stay tuned for more information.
about gwen & these practices
My passion and advocacy for rest grows every day. It is an undeniable force that brings clarity, vitality, and a deep sense of connection, imperative to living a balanced life. Adaptable and welcoming, this practice is for everyone and it is necessary that we continue to support and normalize our relationship with these still, calm and reflective parts of ourselves.
After the loss of my mother at 25 I became the sole guardian of my teenage sister. I was also immersed in my rhythm as a devoted Type A, midway through a decade long career in a creative, competitive, and stressful industry. Rest practices, specifically Restorative Yoga, found me and sustained me. They served as a way to integrate and process the fast pace and sometimes overwhelming nature of my work and personal life. Held space for rest became a refuge, a reset, and a reminder – time for all the parts of me to feel whole and cared for, nurtured. Time to feel deeply and explore my emotional landscape. The results were immediate, the regular practice compounded, and it seeped into all parts of my life. I was able to tap into my intuition, make better choices, and take the time to respond instead of react, making me a better leader, a better innovator, and a better friend, sister, and partner. I felt closer to myself, and the truest parts of myself with every breath I took.
Love, grief, uncertainty and change have been some of my biggest teachers on this journey. Transition has played such a major role in my life, and my composure through these big shifts has been supported by taking time to sift through and sit with all the companions that arise. The relationship that I have created with rest has allowed me to experience fully the sensations and synchronicities that guide my own sense of intuition and trust.
I am a forever student of rest and integration: from our nervous system to the physiological effects, creative poses, interesting sequencing, meditation, breathwork, philosophy and psychology, systems of Chinese Medicine’s Five Element theory and Ayurveda. But just as important: nature, poetry, energy healing and the comforting and profound concept of “Nurture” have guided me to a graceful, creative, and fluid practice that I can call my own – deeply me.
That is what I hope to share: my own findings to catalyze and inspire your journey, and the development of something that feels deeply you. The nurturing (there’s that word again) of your own gifts, talents, intuition, and voice. An investigation into your own rest, and how you can translate that to share with others in meaningful and beautiful ways.
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 like this 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.
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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