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This is not a training. It’s an immersion. It’s not a place to come, sit on a mat or cushion, take copious notes and maybe reference them again. It’s a place to come and steep in the practice of intentional and supported stillness. To soak it in. To feel it in your body, mind, heart, and soul, and in that way trust it, and come into deeper and more respected relationship with it.
It is about the power of rest, anchored in restorative yoga.

Restorative Yoga offers opportunities to rest our bodies, process emotions, release tension, and find clarity on the mat. The result is often a more integrated connection to the self, more ease+ energy, and a greater sense of wellbeing.

Restorative Yoga is a subtle and chill practice that requires a different approach than more active styles. Yoga teachers and students of yoga of all traditions are invited to attend this immersion in order to deeply experience, and in that way learn, more about this nurturing, nourishing style of yoga that is beneficial for all.

Designed to feel like a retreat, over the course of the weekend you will experience, learn, and embody:

  • What Restorative Yoga is and how it differs from other forms/styles of yoga.
  • How restorative yoga is powerful and revolutionary.
  • Sequencing for restorative yoga, timing, and length of holds for your everyday+ real life
  • Restorative poses and how to modify for your body and holding patterns
  • Uncovering your personal relationship to rest and how it impacts your wellbeing
  • How restorative yoga supports the nervous system
  • How to practice restorative- like poses when you have minimal props and limited time
  • Why Restorative Yoga is a both powerful squad care and self care
  • The art of holding space for yourself and others

But wait, I’m a teacher. Will I know how to teach restorative yoga after this? You’ll be introduced to the basics of how to share restorative yoga in the most experiential way possible. You will come and be cared for while taking really good care of yourself. You’ll also receive 11 hours of CEU credits if you’d like to.


Um, I’m a student is this a teacher training? It’s not a teacher training. It’s an immersive experience which means we’ll dive much deeper than we have space and time to in a regularly scheduled class. It’s a place for both serious students and teachers of yoga to practice restorative yoga, chill, and rest.


Weekend schedule:
Saturday 2:00-7:30pm
Sunday 8:30-3:30pm

Please note that healthy snacks, teas, and spring water will be provided both days.

You will need to bring:
-Something to write with
-Lunch for both days

To learn more about Octavia visit:

Pricing: $325- 30 days in advance/ $400 after

Space limited to 16.

No Refunds

With my whole heart
A New Year’s Eve Mini-Retreat
To Reflect. Release. Restore. 

The end of the year is a wonderful time to pause, reflect, release, and restore – to remember the innate wholeness that resides within our hearts.

During our time together, we will:
-Learn to reflect in a way that allows access to deep inner wisdom
-Discover how to release through both movement and stillness
-Embrace the power of deep rest to restore our whole being


This mini retreat is open to all levels and includes:

  • Active and restorative poses, creative movement, and guided visualization.
  • Creative journaling, contemplation, and sacred dialogue to let go of limiting beliefs.
  • Time to share healthy + decadent refreshments and connect with others afterwards


Reflect. Restore. Release as you connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive community.


Price- $75, All Sacred Chill {West} members receive 10% off mini-retreat.

Space limited to 16, preregistration strongly encouraged.

No refunds.

Guide my feet: A rooted yoga practice- Let’s rise!

“I come as one, I stand as 10,000”- Dr. Maya Angelou

Join Octavia Raheem and Ona Hawk in a deep and rich practice of Restorative, Kemetic, and Gentle Flow Yoga focused on connecting to our roots, where we come from- our Ancestors. Our 10,000.


This practice is accessible to all levels from beginners to advanced.

Investment is $25 and proceeds will go to benefit Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA).


For more information about BYTA visit:

Sound Sleep:
An experience of Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Sound BathJoin Sacred Chill {West} Co-owner Octavia Raheem and renowned sound therapist, April Taylor for deep relaxation and restoration.


This experience includes gentle movement, long held restorative poses, and a journey into the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra.


The sounds of Tibetan Singing bowls, healing crystal bowls, and gongs add the deepest layer of relaxation through sound therapy. The quiet potency of the chill yoga styles offered in this practice are amplified by the sound. In this practice we will awaken to the power of deep rest… and yes, we might even sleep. Sound sleep, that is.


All are welcome.


Price: $35


No Refunds



About our sound therapist:April J. Taylor, MPH, CTBP
Sound & Energy Practitioner
April Taylor is passionate about the power of sound and she is guided by a mission committed to creating healthy, balanced, meditating people who embrace justice and promote healthy communities. In her sound therapy sessions, April creates peaceful conditions to reduce stress, foster deep levels of relaxation and to advance the mind-body toward inner harmony for self-Soul-alignment. A life-long learner, April initially sought sound to reduce stress and lessen physical discomfort. Consequently, having a desire to further understand the indigenous approaches of sound harmonics, she delved into rigorous practicum focusing on the science of neuro-acoustics. As a result, her sound repertoire is anchored in the Gong as a focal point of her practice. April has been invited to lead sound meditations at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore, the Natural Mystic Fair, Sevananda Natural Foods Market, the International Montessori Academy, the Ahimki Wellness Center, the Dekalb County Jail, Nature’s Garden Tuskegee Healing Arts Festival and she speaks regularly on WRFG 89.3 radio about the power of sound. She has a growing clientbase who benefit from her unique sessions. You can often find her at Sevananda Natural Foods Market where she regularly hosts well attended sound meditations.

Mamas, I’m sorry

September 6, 2016

I owe some mamas an apology.
To that one mama:
who returned my text every three months
who called all the time cause she needed to hear real words
who suddenly couldn’t make a lunch date, ever
who brought her kids everywhere
who took her kid nowhere
who left her fancy gig to stay at home
who started a business the year her daughter was born
who left my yoga class before the final mmm of OM every other time
who bought the 10 class card and only used like 1.5 of the sessions
who only talked about baby body functions, nap schedules, and milk production every time I saw her
who didn’t want to mention “kid” or “baby” when she was away from hers
who didn’t want anyone to hold her baby
who wanted everyone to hold her baby
who had on the same pants every time I saw her
who stayed with her because she was afraid to face it alone.
who had a 2nd one coming… 3 months after her first was born
who left him as soon as she could walk straight, after her 2nd was born
who had all the successes, yet said she her life had no purpose until she held her baby in her arms.

Mama hood is a rare open field and wilderness all the same: Uncontrollable, exposed, and exposing.
It is at once a shared and sacred journey. At the same time a lone and mundane one.
The walk is a weighted one. We carry generations on our hips and often times, the future on our backs. While holding close, the present: tiny and growing hands.
The weight is constantly being added to. When you’ve shifted enough to have a handle on it, it changes. Just when your skin toughens from trooping, uncovered through flat plains, the terrain changes.
It gets wild and muddy again. your skin starts to peel, maybe it sheds, now you hella exposed, again.
and see, before I set a foot on this path, I thought I knew something about how your way was going and why it looked a lil cray from my pretty sitting place.

Sounds silly.
But It’s true.

I didn’t have a pedicured toe on the ground you’d been stomping through, yet I thought I knew something of your walk.

I’m finally crawling along now, and big enough to say.
Mama(s) I’m sorry.

Beginning again

June 6, 2016

Yesterday I taught my first CHILLshop yoga session since Oye’s birth.

A month ago I believed no one would come to yesterday’s session because no one would be interested, because who wants to rest and be still, because I needed to work on my visibility and messaging, because I’d been gone on maternity leave—-because because (I was on a maddening hamster wheel)

Two weeks ago I was anxious and convinced that I should forget the whole CHILL thing. It can’t be photographed, ain’t fancy, and will not get my or your abs together.

One week ago I didn’t know if I could show up and hold space for others because generally my heart, head, and hands are over flowing with baby rolls, spit, and mini human stuff these days.

The Saturday before I reviewed the plans and sequences I’d created and felt surprisingly unprepared.

The morning of I felt sick.

The hour before, I was sweating in an air-conditioned room as me, Jemar, and Oye set up the practice space at evolation yoga atlanta.

15 minutes before I lost my voice and started silently praying.

10 minutes before I sat outside staring at my notes and plans.

5 minutes before I carefully tucked my notes away and continued to pray.

1 minute before I scrapped my well-made plans and pushed my notes aside. They were a distraction.

And so I began. I opened my mouth and really, nothing came out.

I paused. Inhaled. the room exhaled.

Grace tiptoed in and sat herself right up on my mat . She held me+my doubt. She brought with her a humble knowing- all of that became my voice.

so I began again with the next breath.

13 years into practicing yoga, 9 years into teaching and— 3 months away from all of that.

I am not who I was. She cannot return. So I begin, again. building- from the mud up again.

Thank you. to every single person who showed up yesterday.
As I held space for you, you held space for me to be muddy and sit with doubt, knowing, reverence and humility for this- a new beginning.

Yesterday, your presence whispered Amazing Grace to me.

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