Restorative yoga for anxiety, stress reduction and body awareness

taught by Ann Saffi Biasetti
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Ann Saffi Biasetti
Ann Saffi Biasetti
PhD, LCSW-R; ERYT-500, C-IAYT

About the Instructor

I have been a practicing Psychotherapist for 27 years. I hold a PhD in Psychology with a Transpersonal concentration and am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. My doctoral research explored the role of self-compassion in eating disorder recovery. My first book, Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating, was released through Shambhala Publications in August, 2018.

My approach to therapy is unique and informed by the many trainings I have done throughout my clinical career. The world of neuroscience, especially embodied cognition, consciousness studies, and mindfulness training, has greatly influenced my psychotherapy work and the formulation of my interventions.  I practice within a holistic framework, integrating thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the moment. I work from a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy approach incorporating embodied psychotherapy and have developed a Somatic Psychotherapy technique, Mindfulness-Based Embodiment ™ (MBE), used within talk therapy sessions, that allows you to become aware of patterns, both in the mind and body that may no longer serve you in your life. Together we work on re-framing and re-programming these patterns along with helping you to develop new choices and ways to respond to life events differently than in the past. My approach is not just about talking about your life but rather, stepping back into it and re-discovering something new and different. I have found this approach most helpful for eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders and life transitions.

Additional trainings include a certificate in mindfulness through the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) and the Mindful Self-Compassion program (MSC teacher). I am also a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. I specialize in the teaching and training of Embodiment and Restorative Yoga Therapy



What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is known as the yoga of resting and digesting. It is a passive practice, meaning you will be resting in poses through the use of props, such as a bolster, blankets, and blocks. Restorative yoga has a powerful effect upon your nervous system bringing it back into balance and ease. It does this through regulating your breath and gently opening areas of your body, especially your spine, to promote a specific nervous system response. When our nervous system is at ease, our breathing regulates, digestion takes place, and we come back into a balanced mind and body as one.

What does this course include?

This hour-long program introduces you to a simple sequence of restorative poses that are purposely designed to work with your nervous system to provide relief from anxiety, restore a stressed mind and body, and heighten healthy body awareness. You will be verbally guided throughout. The therapeutic dialogue used teaches you skills of internal, sensory-based body awareness. Anxiety reduction and internal sensory-based body awareness are important tools for self-awareness, stress reduction, and the development of a healthy relationship with your body.

The practice begins with an introduction of what you can expect in the poses, a beginning meditation for intention-setting, a sequence of six restorative poses, and an ending meditation for integration of the practice.

What do I need to begin?

You will need to gather certain props before beginning such as:

  • Two yoga blocks or 3-4 small firm pillows (preferably decorative couch pillows. They work best).
  • 3-4 yoga blankets or 3-4 large blankets from home (full or queen size).
  • A large round bolster (28 inch size) or a rolled yoga mat.

Review from EDReferral.com

"Restorative Yoga for Anxiety, Stress Reduction & Body Awareness by Dr. Ann Saffi Biasetti. The treatment of eating disorders most often focuses on the “talking cure” of psychotherapy where people are encouraged to speak about their problems with food, anxiety, and depression in order to resolve these struggles. But what about the body which is the source of so much anguish and conflict for people with eating disorders? How do we integrate healing the body along with one’s emotions? Dr. Ann Saffi Biasetti, an eating disorder psychotherapist as well as a yoga therapist, offers a helpful way to make peace with your body through her Restorative Yoga program. In this video, the author explains that restorative yoga is known as the yoga of resting and digesting. “Restorative yoga has a powerful effect upon your nervous system bringing it back into balance and ease. It does this through gently opening areas of your body, especially your spine. When our nervous system is at ease, our breathing regulates, digestion takes place, and we come back into a balanced mind and body as one.” This hour-long video introduces a sequence of restorative poses that are intentionally designed to work with your nervous system to provide relief from anxiety, repair and refresh a stressed mind and body, and heighten healthy body awareness. The practice begins with an introduction to explain the poses, a beginning meditation to help you decide on a healing goal to focus on, a sequence of six simple, restorative postures, and a final meditation. Dr. Saffi Biasetti offers verbal instruction throughout as two women demonstrate these restful poses. Through this video, the author provides techniques that will help you regulate emotions and create a healthy relationship with your body which is the cornerstone of all eating disorder recovery www.anembodiedlife.com."

Review submitted by Mary Anne Cohen, Director, The New York Center for Eating Disorders at www.EmotionalEating.Org.

Course Contents

2 Videos
1 Text
1.0 hr