Yoga & Ayurvedic Workshops and Education:

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Restorative Yoga is the practice of asanas each held for longer than in conventional classes, often with the support of ; folded blankets, bolsters and blocks to relax the body.

Restorative Yoga sessions allow the body to slow down and relax. Each pose is held for longer than in conventional classes, sometimes for twenty minutes, so a session may consist of only four to six asanas. The long holding of poses is often assisted with props such as folded blankets, to ensure the body is fully supported and so to allow the muscles to relax. 

Yoga Nidra Also called "yogic sleep," yoga nidra is a state between sleeping and waking. The body is completely relaxed and the practitioner turns the awareness inward by listening to a set of instructions; much like a guided meditation. Performing yoga nidra involves practicing pratyahara ("withdrawal of the senses"), which is the fifth limb of Ashtanga yoga.

Yoga nidra practice results in deep relaxation and expands the individual's self-awareness.

This class is 90 minutes in length and combines the benefits of both restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra. Class meets once per month and has limited space. Pre-registration is required. Minimal to no yoga experience is necessary to participate. 

Third Sunday of each month.


Yoga to Promote Optimal Health, Skeletal "Ease",  Continuing Education Weekend 

Yoga to Promote Optimal Health

Yoga Teacher Continuing Education Courses


Dawn Usha De Marco and Maria Sudasi Di Santi


The Yoga Loft, Farmingdale, NJ


Yoga to promote Optimal Health is broken up into 4 weekends.

Each weekend can be taken individually or as a 4 weekend series.


 1st Weekend

Date to be announced 

12:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Skeletal “Ease”

Related to Spine (back) & Joints (Shoulders, Wrists, Hips, Knees, Ankles)


 During this weekend learn and explore how to apply the following principles in creating a class environment that benefits your students.

* Asana  *  Pranayama  *  Koshas  *  Chakras  *  Ayerveda (Doshas)  *  Gunas

If you want to be:

  1. Safe and supportive of your students’ needs

  2. More knowledgeable & confident in helping students’ with specific challenges

  3. Able to work one on one with student’s special needs

  4. Able to learn how to use props as tools supporting  “Skeletal Ease”

  5. Confident in verbalizing cues and adjusting students to promote proper aliment and ease in their practice


What you will gain from this “Skeletal Ease” Training:

  1. Knowledge about  injuries and dysfunctions of the Skeletal System and how to accommodate that population

  2. Better understanding of the skeletal system, specifically the spine, and joints.

  3. The ability to create an asana class for those with specific “Skeletal Dis Ease”

  4. Confidence working with a mixed population of students in open level class

  5. Greater understanding of specific yoga principles (ex: pranayama, koshas, chakras)

  6. The ability to create an individual program for a student with joint or spine issues.

  7. Be able to work with people with joint replacements

  8. 24 Yoga Alliance CEUs


Yoga to Promote Optimal Health will be broken up into 4 weekends focusing on each of these topics

  1. Skeletal (October 9-11)

  2. Auto Immune (to be announced)

  3. Respiratory & Digestion (to be announced)

  4. Mental (Anxiety & Depression) (to be announced)


Register two weeks prior to start date.


after $410.00


* There will be a minimum of 5 people required for  class to run.

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dawn De Marco. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice. They are intended as a sharing of knowledge and information by Dawn De Marco. 

Dawn De Marco encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.