Professional Training
January 28 — February 2, 2023

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Nora Benian (Sundari)
Tuition: $595


Restorative yoga is a very gentle yoga practice designed to calm the nervous system and create overall health in the body. It offers simple yet powerful postures that can be integrated into existing yoga classes, healing treatments, or used to teach restorative-specific classes. Restorative yoga is a regenerative healing tool that reduces stress by supporting the body’s innate responses towards homeostasis and health.

Through the use of supported yoga postures, breathing, and meditative techniques, a profound sense of relaxation can infuse one’s entire being, which leads to healing.

Restorative yoga techniques are helpful in the treatment of nervous system disorders, such as insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and also with specific ailments such as cancer, although it is often used for structural re-alignment and the healing of injuries.

When the body is fully supported, it will naturally relax, releasing deeply held tensions. Restorative yoga is the yoga of non-doing, and focuses on effortlessness and ease, using well-placed blankets, bolsters, yoga straps, and chairs to safely support the body in various postures. This process invokes a natural state of balance, regeneration, and healing rest.

During this program, you will learn a full series of restorative postures, complemented with gentle stretching, breathing, and meditation. Through direct experience, practice teaching, and feedback, you leave with the ability to confidently teach a primary series of restorative poses to your students as well as incorporate them into your own practice.

The Restorative Yoga Teacher Training is an experiential and fundamentals course designed to provide teachers with a foundation for teaching a safe and effective restorative practice. Students will learn how to meet each student where they are, no matter the age or ability, and teach safe effective postures to heal the body and relax the mind.

Who will benefit from this training?

Certified yoga instructors wishing to expand their knowledge of restorative yoga, teach restorative yoga classes, and add to their class offerings.

You will learn:

  • The benefits of restorative yoga
  • Asanas that naturally induce a state of relaxation and restoration
  • How to effectively support the body in each posture with props
  • How to support people with injuries, stress or chronic pain
  • Restorative postures that can be effectively integrated into hatha yoga classes
  • Restorative yoga as a stand-alone practice.

You will be able to:

  • Improve your ability to see imbalances in the body more clearly and to use restorative poses to realign, rebalance, and restore the root of the imbalance
  • Set up 25 postures with available props and verbal cues
  • Assess support and comfort of your students
  • Ease agitation and promote relaxation
  • Suggest postures for particular therapeutic effects
  • Explain the organic and emotional benefits of postures
  • Develop an understanding of the healing process
  • Improve your ability to heal yourself and to empower others to heal themselves.

The 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 caused by an imbalanced nervous system
  • How traditional wisdom and scientific understanding can be blended into a restorative yoga practice
  • Exploring restorative yoga and the five senses in a practical way.

Get inspired!
Read The Benefits of Restorative Yoga by Nora Benian (Sundari) and Finding Relaxation and Stillness in Yoga Postures: Q&A with Nora Benian (Sundari) on our blog.

Nora Benian (Sundari) is a Sivananda Yoga teacher, yoga therapist, registered professional counselor, and Thai Yoga Massage practitioner with a diploma of homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy in Toronto, Canada. As a yoga therapist, she prescribes yogic practices along with counseling techniques to bring clients into alignment, build strength, and open energy channels to increase the life force.

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions. Attendees completing this program receive 30 continuing education hours of credit.

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB approval status: Active. CES maintains responsibility for the program. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 30 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa. Nurses completing this program receive 30 CE hours of credit.

Your course schedule has been designed by the presenter to provide a holistic educational experience, and includes course presentation time, meal times, and free time for you to enjoy the beach and the grounds and participate in the ashram’s daily programs. Lines in bold type indicate required course times.

Morning and Evening Satsang: community gatherings for meditation, chanting & teachings; sometimes a silent beach walk.

Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes: available on outdoor ocean and bayfront platforms (beginner and intermediate levels offered twice daily).

DAY 1
6:00 – 8:00 am Morning Satsang
8:00 – 10:00 am Intro to Restorative Yoga
10:00 am Brunch
11:00 am Ashram Orientation Walk
11:30 am Inauguration Ceremony
3:00 – 6:00 pm Restorative Yoga Class

6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 10:00 pm Evening Satsang

DAYS 2 – 5
6:00 – 8:00 am Morning Satsang
8:00 – 10:00 am Training Session
10:00 am Brunch
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Karma Yoga
3:00 – 6:00 pm Restorative Yoga Class
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 10:00 pm Evening Satsang

LAST DAY
6:00 – 8:00 am Morning Satsang
8:00 – 10:00 am Training Session
10:00 am Brunch
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Karma Yoga
3:00 pm Graduation Ceremony
3:30 – 6:00 pm Restorative Yoga Class

Regular ashram schedule the rest of the day

Sundari [Nora Benian] is a gifted teacher. Clear, concise, and brings a breadth of knowledge and experience. I feel prepared and eager to introduce my students to the practice of restorative yoga. Also, my first visit to the ashram was incredible… hope to be back soon! —Ken K.

I can imagine how many more millions of people, with all of life’s stresses and difficulties, could immensely benefit from restorative yoga; the ability to access an approachable, supportive yoga style that focuses on resting, relaxing, and restoring calm to the nervous system and the whole mind-body balance. Thank you Nora for this gift! I look forward to sharing its bounty. —H-Mist A.

Excellent course! I feel ready and inspired to teach restorative yoga to a wide range of participants. —Gil L.

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