Restorative Training

40 & 35 Hour Restorative Trainings

This teacher training is a complete training for those who wish to teach and/or practice Restorative Yoga.  The training is a rich exploration to inform the personal study as well as teaching skills of each student.  Students will learn the joys of restorative yoga through first-hand experience of the postures, and will also learn hands on experience in how to teach students of all levels.  Also, students will learn the Ayurvedic, physiological, emotional, and biomechanical elements of each pose.

An extensive repertoire of beginner as well as advanced postures will be passed on to students with the detail necessary to bring depth and life changing benefits to students.  How to set up the postures in detail, as well as modify for a class with less props will be explored. 

This training fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for Continuing Education and is also recognized by CanFit Pro for full credit.  This training certifies students to teach regular lead or preregistered classes at yoga studios, to work privately with students or offer introductory workshops.

Course Curriculum

In the context of this course we will be studying the science of the nervous system as well as Ayurveda and many different postures in different variations.    All of them are not listed below, only a few in certain examples.  Class curriculum will shift to a small degree each time depending on student questions.

Fundamentals of Teaching Restorative Yoga

  • Basics of Restorative Yoga
  • Understanding the Nervous System: Parasympathetic and Sympathetic. How
  • Restorative Yoga Affects the Nervous System.
  • The well-propped pose: to prop or not to prop and why?- Stress related disorders, and how they can be caused by an imbalanced nervous system.
  • Understanding the role of traditional wisdom and scientific understanding as it informs the Restorative Yoga Practice.
  • Restorative Yoga and the 5 senses. Exploring these concepts practically through practice.

Elements of Support, Restorative Adjustments

  • The psychology of deep support.
  • The pranas and their relationship to Restorative Yoga.
  • The role of mindfulness in the Restorative yoga practice.
  • A detailed look at proper support of the hands, knees, back, pelvis,
arms, and neck in Savasana and elevated chest pose.
  • Use of blankets to move and support of the body.
  • Art of touch.
  • Adjustments with blankets.
  • Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system with either props or adjustments.
  • Use of weights, sandbags, smaller seed bag weights.

Traditional Wisdom, Subtle Elements

  • The vayus and their relationship to Restorative Yoga.
  • Cooling and Heating/ Calming and Stimulating: understanding the basics of what each restorative does to various systems and parts of the body according to traditional wisdom.
  • A detailed beginning exploration of these concepts through Setu Bandha Sarvangasana and Supta Baddha Konasana.
  • Ayurveda, Western Culture, and Restorative Yoga: The Three doshas and how they relate to Restorative Yoga.


  • Understanding the affect of these 
poses on  the full digestive system.

Calming and Restoring

  • What asanas can best help anxiety and fatigue.

Breathing, Soothing, Lungs, and Liver

  • Supported Shoulderstand,
  • Supta Paschimottanasana, and Adjustments.
  • Closing or opening the lungs with blocks.
  • Restorative Twists.
  • The emotion of anger. Restoratives for the liver – healing stagnation, or
invigorating.  Restoratives for Pitta Imbalances.

Pelvis and Lower Back

  • Grounding the Femurs and balancing the pelvis.
  • Restorative Variations on Grounding the pelvis, and healing the Back.
  • Sandbags.
  • Using pillars
  • Setu bandha sarvangasana variation with bent knees, and sandbag.
  • Supine Balasana.

Women and Men:  Prostate, Menses and Menopause

  • Menses: an irregular or painful Moon Cycle/ PMS
  • Poses for Prostate
  • Poses for Menopause
  • Supta baddha konasana with 3 variations
  • Elevated Blocks pose.
  • Heart and High Blood pressure: specific techniques.

Pregnancy, Fertility, Sides and Hips

  • Supported Janu Sirsasana
  • Supported Pigeon
  • Restorative Yoga for Pregnancy, and Fertility. Restorative Side
Stretches.  Restorative side lying poses for scoliosis.
  • Restorative Yoga and Pregnancy – a lecture on the stages of pregnancy,
what to avoid, and when.
  • Side Lying Savasana,
  • Supine Virasana and variations.

Kidneys, Heart, Joints, and Depression

  • Restoratives for Kidneys and Heart.
  • Restoratives for Depression/ Kapha Imbalances.
  • Understanding and modifying for specific injuries. Teaching Restorative Yoga with Case studies.
  • Stimulating Restoratives: Restoratives for Depression, Kidneys and
  • Supporting various joint and structural injuries: specific issues, and techniques.

Emotional Healing

  • Soothing Anger
  • Calming distress
  • Comforting Grief
  • Awakening from dullness and depression
  • Healing Anxiety
  • Being Present to the Emotions in a Restorative Practice.


  • The Art of Sequencing for Classes
  • Restorative Yoga and the Four Seasons
  • Teaching for Groups and Individuals
  • Bringing Students to deep rest: ideal timing, atmosphere, reading the room.
  • Practice Teaching: Gaining Confidence with presenting the material.

Open to all Students

 Many students have attended this training that were not yoga teachers either to inform their own health and wellness or to inform their line of work.  The training is a rich resource for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of their own health and looking into non invasive, gentle, affordable, but powerful tools for healing. 

Those who have attended the restorative training in the past are police officers, massage therapists, border patrol agents, acupuncturists, social workers, chaplains, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, teachers or students seeking insight into their own health conditions.

(35 hour training will naturally have less curriculum available, and which curriculum I omit is assessed democratically according to the needs and questions of the class – feel free to contact me if you have questions!)

Final Project for Restorative Certification:

Components for the final project consist of a journal documenting your Restorative practice as well as a photo journal of private classes with individual Restorative students and a short book report.


40 Hour Training:  $875.00 + tax.  (Early Bird rate is often $795+ tax)

35 Hour Training:  $750 + tax (Early Bird rate is often $695 + tax)

$60 Certification fee mailed in two to three months later at the time of submitting the class project.