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Restorative Yoga

restorative yoga
teacher training


Restorative yoga is a deep and impactful practice of fully supported yoga postures that stimulate the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. This conscious relaxation results in a physiological and psychological calm, which helps you overcome distractions and limitations caused by stress, returns your system to balance, and restores your capacities for accurate perception and intentional action.   

Offering restorative yoga to others is a profound gift of compassion and healing. The recipient experiences the rare and precious opportunity to “just be” in their bodies and minds, fully supported and relaxed, in the warm presence of a caring guide.

In this hands-on, experiential training, participants will learn the essential principles and practices of restorative yoga:

  • Examine and discuss the socio-cultural context of stress and overstimulation in contemporary life, and understand the effects of chronic stress and allostatic load on the nervous system 
  •  Explore the physiology and psychology of relaxation from both Western medicinal and traditional Yogic perspectives, and learn how to elicit the body's relaxation response
  • Practice and receive constructive feedback on setting-up effective restorative poses, including twists, backbends, forward folds, inversions, and savasana variations
  • Learn the key ingredients to creating a restorative environment for clients, and how to sequence a restorative class or private session
  • Understand how and when to use different restorative postures to obtain desired therapeutic results
  • Uncover greater centeredness, clarity, and expansiveness within yourself through direct somatic experience in restorative postures throughout the weekend
  • Skillfully incorporate breath work and meditation into your restorative offerings
  • Learn appropriate adaptations and modifications for restorative practice for pregnancy, physical limitations, and other challenges including working with clients in an office, therapeutic, or medical settings

This training is open to yoga teachers, physicians, therapists, body workers, health care providers, social workers, and others seeking to learn stress reduction and relaxation techniques. 

A certificate of completion will be awarded after full participation in the training weekend. For yoga teachers, this training qualifies for Yoga Alliance continuing education credit hours.

© Marlie McGovern 2015

October 12-14, 2018  
Friday, 7-9pm, Saturday, 1-6pm, Sunday, 1-6pm
Bend & Bloom Yoga, Brooklyn, NY

Tuition: $395

"After completing the Restorative Yoga training with Marlie, I began to truly pay attention to even the most minute details in my classes (and my own practice) and I believe that this attention Marlie instilled in my teaching has effected my students in a dramatic way.  As I look towards my next step as a teacher, I look to my own learning experience as a jumping point. Creating an environment that supports true learning and bringing the level of understanding into the body through experience is a facet I will take with me as I structure workshops and learning experiences". 

-Emma, Cape Cod