Restorative Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training

Restorative Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance Certified

with Veda Ela

  • January 17, 2024 - January 29, 2024
  • March 5, 2024 - March 17, 2024

This 100-hour Restorative Yoga and meditation Teacher training is done in 4 modules called “Fundamentals” (1, 2, 3 & 4). “Fundamentals” need to be followed in order. Each module includes assignments: readings, observing classes, practicing teaching, and assisting.

A certification is given after fully completing each Fundamental.


This 100-hour training provides new tools to carry into one’s personal practice, teachings, and daily life. Using the language of yoga and other disciplines, students are invited into a journey of self-inquiry and self-discovery.

The training is YACEP certified as a Yoga Teacher Training and contributes to ongoing study credit hours.

Fundamentals 1:

Introduction to Restorative yoga

  • How Restorative Yoga was developed
  • Restorative Yoga as a counter-cultural yoga practice
  • RY as the practice of “Being”
  • The Benefits of RY and how to apply them to daily life
  • The pillars of Restorative Yoga

The practice of RY and the 8 limbs in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

  • Restorative Yoga floor-orientated poses and Yin Yoga Poses
  • Description and daily practice: Forward bends, back bends, twists, side bends, inversions
  • Own practice and the understanding of the body-mind system

The use of “props” in Restorative Yoga and its modifications

  • Understanding of the use of props in RY
  • The use of props adapted to different body structures and needs
  • The use of props as a “message” to the nervous system

Breathing exercises in a Restorative Yoga

  • Practice support the holding of the poses and the cleansing process
  • Pranayama during the practice of RY
  • “Sigh” breath and its benefits
  • Anxiety, stress, and the practice of “sigh” breath

Mindfulness is the meaning of letting go during the RY poses

  • Theory and practice of Mindfulness
  • The meaning of letting go
  • The connection between Mindfulness & letting go in the practice of RY

Meditation and Meditation techniques

  • Differences in Meditation and Meditation techniques
  • Meditation within the context of the 8 limbs in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Learning and practice of different techniques of passive and active meditation
  • The benefits of Meditation
  • Own meditation practice
  • Meditation techniques suitable for different personalities

Recommended books

“The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda”

“Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times” by Judith Hanson Lasater

“The Orange Book” by Osho

“Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga” by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison


Fundamentals 2:

*Review of Contents Fundamentals 1

  • How Restorative Yoga was developed

Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga poses

  • Description and daily practice: Forward bends, back bends, twists, side bends, inversions, and their modifications
  • Own practice and it’s understanding by the body-mind system

Visualization: Directing the power of the Mind toward healing and


  • The thoughts as creative forces
  • Activating the intuitive force that lies within you
  • The subconscious mind
  • Visualization: technique and practice
  • Yoga Nidra and its practice in RY

Exercises of Self-Inquiry: Working with the Zen koan “Who Am I?”

  • The Self-Inquiry method: Practice and Purpose of Self-Inquiry
  • The Life-changing question “Who Am I”

Alignment & yoga Adjusting through touch in Restorative Yoga

  • Introduction to mindful touch
  • Adjusting in RY: the difference with other styles of Yoga
  • Intuitive touch and adjustments
  • When to adjust and how to approach the student/client
  • Guiding adjustment as an alternative to “hands-on”
  • Using props to assist instead of “hands-on”
  • Knowing yourself: the main tool for kind touch and “hands-on”

Practising & developing teaching skills

  • Verbal instructions and tone of voice
  • Guidelines for focus and attention

Recommended books

“Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times” by Judith Hanson Lasater (revision from Fundamentals 1)

“Awakening the Spine” by Vanda Scaravelli

“Yoga Nidra” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

A book on “mindful touch” from the student’s choice


Fundamentals 3:

*Review of Contents Fundamentals 2

Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga poses

  • Description and daily practice: Forward bends, back bends, twists, side bends, inversions and their modifications
  • Own practice and its understanding by the body mind system The use of music during a yoga practic

The effect of music

  • Setting the tone of a class using music
  • The use of music in a RY class
  • The use of music in your own practice
  • The use of music in Yoga and its controversies
  • Practicing and sharing a RY class with music
  • The use of music in a Meditation practice and RY class Observing other teachers in Restorative Yoga and Meditation classes

The Art of receiving and giving feedback

  • Constructive comments and supporting others to hold space
  • Creating classes and teaching to a group
  • Guidelines and preparing a RY class Healthy Lifestyle: Restoring and resetting the body into its natural ways of healing

Taking responsibility for your health as a yoga teacher

  • Having a balanced lifestyle as a responsibility as a yoga teacher
  • Yoga as a lifestyle
  • Yoga off the mat

Mandatory reading:

  • Watch the documentary: “(Official Movie) THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?”
  • A book of the participant’s choice on Meditation techniques
  • “Eating for Beauty” by David Wolfe
  • “Chakras & the Archetypes. Uniting Energy Awareness & Spiritual Growth” by Ambika Wauters

Fundamentals 4:

*Review of Contents Fundamentals 3

The practice of Yin Yoga asanas and Restorative Yoga Asanas

  • Each day includes asana practice, talks, and Q&A.

General Anatomy in the practice of Yin and Restorative Yoga

  • Subtle and physical anatomy and physiology of the Yin and Restorative Yoga practice
  • Meridian theory and the movement of “chi” or “prana” in the body
  • The nervous system
  • Relevant modifications, contraindications, and adjustments in Yin and Restorative Yoga practice

Methods for Body Cleanse & Detoxing process

  • Body Detox for a clean energetic body
  • How and why to do a Body Cleanse
  • The detoxing process and its benefits for a yogi
  • Natural healing foods and Super Foods to tune into higher vibrations
  • The importance of a high vibrational diet and its connection with the yoga

Practice and a yogi’s life

  • What foods are healing and how to adapt them to the specific environment
  • Creating the set-up to live in high vibration
  • Practical ways to support others to live in higher vibrations

Environmental awareness and the contribution of yoga teachers to a more kind and friendly planet

  • Proposals to contribute to an environmentally friendly planet as a yoga teacher
  • The path of “green yoga”
  • The teaching of Yoga in different environments

Body movement and emotional release: from movement to stillness

  • Movement and dance as healing techniques
  • Movement and dance as meditation techniques
  • The skills of meditation, and the balancing nature of savasana and conscious relaxation
  • The practice of active meditation techniques to support emotional release

Reflection and the practice of Silence and Meditation

  • Learning the practice of Silence and “non-doing”
  • Incorporating Silence into your daily life
  • What is a Silence retreat and its benefits in your everyday life
  • Main essential skills of a yoga teacher in the practice and teaching of Restorative Yoga

Beyond Asanas and Techniques

In addition to providing the skills and confidence to teach the techniques of restorative yoga, this course will address:

  • Peeling back the layers of personality, removing personal barriers to reach a full expression of the self
  • Tools to recognize and release self-limiting beliefs
  • Unblocking emotions to revitalize energies
  • Application of self-inquiry practices in daily life, and in yin and restorative yoga
  • Meditation techniques as a grounded way to improve one’s lifestyle, learning to focus on the present moment – alertness, awareness, and a full connection to life energy to celebrate the self
  • Stress management and reduction to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Integrating “green” principles into being a yoga teacher
  • Conscious movement as a stress-release technique
  • Exploration to align with one’s individual life mission
  • Information and encouragement to bring the teachings of restorative yoga and meditation into settings such as yoga studios, homes, schools, corporate offices, and other areas of life.

Expanded Awareness

This Restorative Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training doesn’t simply improve one’s personal yoga practice and yoga teachings. It also aims to expand one’s awareness and bring greater attention to the surrounding environment.

These are essential elements to embodying yoga on and off the mat.

Yoga means “union”, and so it offers an opportunity to join the body, mind, and spirit with Mother Earth.

Although this work is not religious, it is a deeply spiritual practice.

Recommended books

“Light on Yoga” by B.K.S. Iyengar

“The Heart of Yoga. Developing a personal practice” by T.K.V. Disikachar

“Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit” by Donna Farhi

“The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga” by Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers

“Yin Yoga” by Paul Grilley

“Insight Yoga” by Sarah Powers and Paul Grille



9.00 – 12.30 / 1.00 pm
2.30 – 5.15 pm
Silent Sitting: 6.30 – 7.15 pm
Some days there might be an early morning session at 6.30 am or a night session at 8.15 pm.

The group starts 9 am on the first day, please make sure to arrive at least 1 day earlier. The group finishes by 5.30 pm on the last day, it’s recommended to stay at least one more night as check-out time is 10 am.
accommodation types are available here – contact for details.

Early bird pricing is available until 1 month before the training begins.

A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your place.


Details $US
Early Bird Price (until 1 month before) $ 1,240
Standard Price $ 1,460


“I want to thank you so much for your classes and workshops, it has been amazing for me!!!! THANK YOU. I’m dancing almost every day now, and learning to let go. Your classes really inspired me to keep doing yoga and everything that has to do with it, to stay true to myself and not so much to what everybody else thinks.  See you next year!!!! Lots of love.”

Lijdia De Koning, The Netherlands

“With all my heart: I thank you for what you teach me, give to me and so many others. In class, it is sometimes like you just talk straight to me. You pick up what’s in the air.  Unbelievable how you dare to open your heart, be vulnerable, go to your depths to give from there. Out of all your life experiences. You breathe, you open the gate and let people in.”

Christel Huiting, The Netherlands

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