50 Hours Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga is a healing practice that brings the body, mind, and nervous system into balance. It takes time for the nervous system to calm down, and in order to be as completely comfortable and relaxed as possible, the postures are held for a longer period of time, typically 5 minutes or more. We make ample use of the ‘props’ available, including blankets, bolsters, eye bags, blocks, sand bags, etc. – whatever we can find that helps us to be comfortable and supported in the postures. Rather than going for maximum stretch, we are exploring deep, sustained, nurturing relaxation.
Upon completing the 50 hours of Restorative Yoga training, every participant was issued a certificate by Fela. As much as this was an act of recognition and encouragement, Fela also recommended participants to prepare restorative props at home to help them relax and restore. The certification session ended with everyone lying down on their back around the flower decoration to recreate one of the most comfortable postures and to once again let everyone rejoice in the energy boost after deep relaxation.
Raised in East London, Fela Adebiyi has extensive international experience and is certified by the YOGA Alliance as a yoga teacher. Fela began studying Iyengar yoga in 1991 and 6 years later began studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Alex Medin. Thus, his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience. Based in Shanghai, At Octave Fela teaches several different types of yoga classes for all levels of students. He has been trained in Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Viniyoga and Himalayan Meditation traditions. Fela has been teaching in Europe and in Asia for more than fifteen years. He spent 6 years as head yoga teacher at Yoga Plus Shanghai. His practice and teaching has been influenced by the works of Swami Veda, David & Simi Roche, Alex Medin, INSPYA founder Lance Schuler, John Scott, Simon Borg-Olivier and Rajiv Chanchani, and Moshe Feldenkrais. Fela is a long-time student of the meditative arts following the Himalayan traditions and Buddhist studies, beginning with Vipassana. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. Fela earned a BA Hon’s degree in Photography, he has also been a frequent guest on ICS and CCTV. He’s not only a great yoga Master, but also a very talented photographer, and is currently working on his own book project "Urban Yoga" a photographic journey that brings the ancient science of yoga to our contemporary environment.