Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Help others and yourself to improve mental health, relax and de-stress and most importantly to restore the body. Learn the joys of restorative yoga through first-hand experience of the postures, and also learn hands on experience in how to teach students of all levels. 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 you 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.

During each class, students will both receive and learn to set
up restorative postures with increasing independence as the program progresses. Each pose will have 1 – 5 modifications to accommodate different bodies. All specific healing techniques listed below, save the anatomical details and information on the nervous system, is based on traditional yoga wisdom, not western medicine.

Course Curriculum

Training is based primarily on practical hands on application of traditional wisdom, not textbook knowledge, though readings are also a part of the training.

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


  • To receive certification, you must attend all sessions (100% attendance). If you need to miss a weekend, you or you and a fellow student can make up the class privately with Andrea for an hourly private rate. While articles are provided as supplementary information, this course is a hands on, practical course, and discussions will be rooted in learning how to properly teach asanas that have particular effects on the body.
  • To receive certification, you must complete the main project on or before the given deadline.




Continuing Education Credits

This training fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for Continuing Education.