Restorative Yoga Training

A Restorative Yoga Workshop TBA

Restorative Yoga Training with Stephanie Pafford (45 Hours Continuing Education).  Prerequisites 1 year yoga

Friday 9 5-10pm

Feb 10-11(Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm)

March 3-4 Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm)

Exception March 3 2-8pm

Feb Friday 9 5-10pm Feb 10 Saturday & Sunday Feb 11 12-6pm March 3 2-8:30 pm (Restorative WS 6-8:15pm) March 4 12-6pm

More information, or Sign up Here.

Restorative yoga has best been described as “active relaxation” and is a method par excellence for attaining deep relaxation, tranquility and the many benefits of “de-stressing”. Using blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps, and other “props” to support the body, practitioners generally experience profound shifts in their nervous system, thus allowing a physiological shift to deep restfulness, calm abiding and well-being. Gravity does the “work” as the body progressively relaxes and softens. As this occurs, so do the signs and symptoms of stress, such as depressed or elevated moods, hypertension, muscle tension, digestive problems, high cholesterol levels, eyestrain, headaches and more.

Who Can Benefit?

Everyone! Whether you are a competitive athlete, marathon runner, or someone recovering from addition, a debilitating illness, or emotional upset, these modalities can benefit you immensely. They will “meet you where you are.”

Restorative Yoga is also very helpful for people who are working with the following situations:

  • Fibromyalgia                                                    
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nervousness, Anxiety, Panic
  • Mourning                                                   
  • Sciatica, Muscle tension
  • Over-achieving, Perfectionism
  • Sleeplessness and Insomnia
  • Autoimmune illness

Possible Benefits also include:

  • Improved Posture
  • Relief from Back pain
  • Relief from physical exhaustion and Fatigue
  • Relief from chronic stress related condition (insomnia, headaches,  digestive problems, etc.)
  • Better Resistance to injury
  • Release of lactic acid and or other toxins from areas of accumulation
  • Improved circulation, metabolism and immunity
  • Lower cholesterol levels

Excerpts from "Relax and Renew" By Judith Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.

STRESS CAN MAKE YOU SICK - Stress begins with a physiological response to what your body-mind perceives as life-threatening. For our ancestors, this may have been defending against the aggression of a hungry animal. For modern-day humans, this may be living with the fear of losing a job in a sagging economy, or the health crisis of a family member. Whatever the stressor, the mind alerts the body that danger is present. In response, the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, secrete catecholamine hormones. These adrenaline and noradrenalin hormones act upon the autonomic nervous system, as the body prepares for fight or flight. Heart rate, blood pressure, mental alertness, and muscle tension are increased. The adrenal hormones cause metabolic changes that make energy stores available to each cell and the body begins to sweat. The body also shuts down systems that are not a priority in the immediacy of the moment, including digestion, elimination, growth, repair, and reproduction. These adaptive responses have been positive for the survival of the human race over thousands of years. For our ancestors, a stressful situation usually resolved itself quickly. They fought or they ran, and, if they survived, everything returned to normal. The hormones were used beneficially, the adrenal glands stopped producing stress hormones, and systems that were temporarily shut down resumed operation. To his detriment, modern man is often unable to resolve his stress so directly, and lives chronically stressed as a result. Still responding to the fight or flight response, the adrenals continue to pump stress hormones. The body does not benefit from nutrition because the digestion and elimination systems are slowed down. Even sleep is disturbed by this agitated state. In a chronically stressed state, quality of life, and perhaps life itself, is at risk. The body’s capacity to heal itself is compromised, either inhibiting recovery from an existing illness or injury, or creating a new one, including high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, immune dysfunction, reproductive problems, and depression. these conditions add stress of their own and the cycle continues.

David Spiegel, M.D., author of Living Beyond Limits, reports, "In medicine, we are learning that physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, can be influenced by psychological interventions, such as relaxation training. Indeed, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report recommending these non-drug approaches as the treatment of choice for milder forms of hypertension. Mind and body are connected and must work together, and this should be a powerful asset in treating medical illness."


Yoga Teacher Training

"Before embarking on important undertakings, sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts, and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit." ∼ Paramahansa Yogananda

Yoga Teacher Training La Jolla / San Diego Starts Aug 2017

Serving San Diego, La Jolla, UTC, Sorrento Valley, Del Mar, Mira Mesa, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Alpine and More. We are MyCaa Accredited

Yoga Teacher Training Practicum as required by Yoga Alliance being offered at Yoga Jai Ma .
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training: Yoga Alliance Certified Led by E-RYT 200 Nita Mehta.
Feb 17-18
Mar 10-11
Apr 7-8
Apr 21-22
May 12-13
June 9-10

Saturdays 12:00-7:00
Sundays 12:00-7:00

  • Paid in full $2500
  • Payment plan total $2750 totaling $416.66 month
  • $250 deposit with no refund.
  • No Refunds After Training Starts

Palmdale/Antelope Valley / Lancaster Ca Training Starts Feb 2018

Dates and times for new training starting Feb 2018
All Saturdays (9am-4pm) & Sundays (9am-4pm)

Feb 3-4
Feb 24-25
Mar 17-18
Apr 28-29
May 5-6
June 2-3

      • Paid in full $2500
      • Payment plan total $2750 totaling $416.66 month
      • $250 deposit with no refund.

Download the Enrollment Application. You can learn more, or signup here.   If you have any questions or are interested, please contact Akasha here.

The style presented is best described as Hatha with a focus on gentle and vinyasa flow (level 1-3). The standard class sequence of warm up, sun salutations, balance series , warrior series, floor poses, backbends, inversions, final twist and svasana will be stressed.

Also included:

Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques, principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, business aspects of teaching yoga. Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc). the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers.

The word "hatha" comes from the Sanskrit terms "ha" meaning "sun" and "tha" meaning "moon". Thus, Hatha Yoga is known as the branch of Yoga that unites pairs of opposites referring to the positive (sun) and negative (moon) currents in the system. Hatha Yoga tries to achieve balance between body and mind, as well as attempts to free the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical poses or Asanas, Breathing techniques Pranayama, and Meditation. Schedule subject to change. No refunds after program starts.


About Akasha

Located in the UTC/La Jolla area of San Diego, our studio is small, intimate, and non heated. Our class sizes range from 8-15 thus allowing for personal attention and an overall feeling of wellbeing and comfort. We have been located in La Jolla, Ca. since 2002 and is easily accesed off the freeway as we are not in the village.  Our specialty is  compassionate, high-quality instruction for all levels of health and fitness. We provide a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere for your personal growth. If you commit to your process of wellness through regular practice, we can help guide you on your personal journey toward discovering and maintaining your best potential.

Special Event & Corporate Classes

Yoga brings people together in a fun and relaxing environment which can be the perfect way to celebrate a wedding, birthday or family reunion. There is a $20 travel fee for classes held off site.

  • $150 for a 60 minute class
  • $200 for a 90 minute class