40-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

with Pat Harada Linfoot & Stacey Hauserman - October 27th to 29th & December 1st to 3rd, 2017


In keeping with the highest standards of yoga education that Octopus Garden is recognized for, we are pleased to offer a Restorative Yoga component to our training curriculum. Like our other education programs, this restorative teacher training will be comprehensive, rigorous, and transformative. The program will consist of two intensive weekends over October and December, maximizing assimilation and integration of the material by allowing time for practice between intensives.

What is Restorative Yoga?

  • Restorative Yoga is a powerful healing tool that reduces stress by supporting the body’s innate responses towards homeostasis and health.
  • It is an integral element in any therapeutic protocol that combines both challenge and recovery; this includes not only yoga, but also body work and other fitness-related regimens.
  • Through the use of supported yoga postures and breathing and meditative techniques, a profound sense of relaxation can infuse one’s entire being.
  • Restorative Yoga techniques may be helpful in the treatment of nervous system disorders such as insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and specific ailments such as skin conditions and infertility.
  • Restorative postures and sequences can be modified to target specific organ systems, sensory integration, mental/emotional imbalances, and the energetic qualities of each unique season/dosha/element.

Who will benefit from this training?

  • Anyone who has or feels stress or who professionally treats clients suffering from the effects of stress, will benefit. Given that stress is the number one cause of disease, it is important to integrate this healing modality into our own bodies first before sharing our knowledge and skills with others.

Program Objectives

  • What is restorative yoga: the physiological basis of RY, the efficacy of the form and relevant research.
  • Discover the holistic technology of yoga and its primary tools of healing: physical alignment, breathing techniques, restoration, and meditation.
  • Integrate 20 key restorative postures; how to teach, modify, and apply them in a balanced routine.
  • Understand the physical, neurological, psychological, and energetic effects of RY.
  • Explore the physiological and psychological relationship between stress and relaxation and examine the four R’s of RY: receptivity, rest, relaxation, and resiliency.
  • Explore the role of breath and meditation in healing (including Yoga Nidra)
  • by observing respiratory and habituated tension patterns, improve your ability to see imbalances in the body and to use restorative poses as an assessment tool in order to understand how these imbalances occur.
  • Fundamentals of reading bodies: cultivating sensitivity and emotional literacy; building rapport as the central channel of communication.
  • Sequencing for the greatest effect and how to address common ailments and disorders such as back pain, nervous system imbalances, digestive issues, etc.
  • A general overview of the Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) systems of healing and longevity.
  • Use of craniosacral and myofascial release tools and techniques to down-regulate the nervous system and encourage body-mind connectivity.

Practicum components

  • Homework assignment (to be completed between weekend intensives)
  • Taking a minimum of 2 restorative classes between intensive weekends (attendance will be free for trainees) which may or may not include assisting or observing 2 restorative classes, depending upon one’s level of experience.
  • Dates: October 27th-29th & December 1st-3rd, 2017
  • Time: Fridays 5:00-9:00pm; Saturdays/Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm + 4 practicum classes
  • Cost: $800 (+HST)
  • Deposit: $400 (+HST) due immediately to book your space. Deposit is non-refundable. Balance due before the start of the program.
  • Discount: 50% off for Octopus Garden teaching faculty or anyone repeating the training; 20% off for current 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program participants and for any alumni of our Yoga Teacher Training programs.


pat-small Pat Harada Linfoot is passionate about exploring the intersection of asana, restorative, meditation, and therapeutic movement practices as a conduit to healing and optimal health. As the co-owner and director of Octopus Garden Yoga, Pat continues to teach classes, workshops, and retreats, and to mentor and train teachers. She is committed to teaching yoga as a therapeutic model that stimulates physical, psychological, and spiritual growth. As such, she teaches asana, restorative yoga, and meditation privately with a focus on cultivating emotional resiliency for anxiety, depression, and trauma.

stacey-small Stacey Hauserman sees yoga and Osteopathic Manual Therapy as a way to help herself and others connect to their true nature. She passionately believes that this is the place where healing exists. Her experience working with injuries, neurological and degenerative disorders has altered her approach to yoga. She combines her knowledge of anatomy, neurology, biomechanics, and physiology to bring a complete therapeutic approach to yoga.

Stacey completed a 200-hour teacher training program at Downward Dog Yoga Centre in 2004, and more recently, Octopus Garden’s 300-hour yoga education program. In addition to her in-house Osteopathic Manual Therapy and Registered Massage Therapy services, Stacey has taught for Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy School and continues to teach various continuing education courses to movement teachers and massage therapists.

Guest Faculty

YuMee-small YuMee Chung is a recovering lawyer who teaches yoga in Toronto. She is on the faculty of a number of yoga teacher training programs and leads local and international yoga retreats. She is the Toronto Star’s resident yoga expert. YuMee has studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, self-massage with Jill Miller, and anatomy with Gil Hedley.

taryn-small Taryn Diamond is an energetic and inclusive instructor, drawing from experience in facilitation, gender analysis, and a commitment to social justice. Having practiced yoga for a decade, Taryn began sharing her love of yoga upon completing over 500 hours of Yoga Education at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in 2012.

nadia-small Nadia Vallescura discovered yoga in 2003 as a therapeutic means to balance the demands of her corporate career. Her lifelong journey for truth and self-inquiry led her to complete over 500 hours of Advanced Teacher Training and 40 hours of Restorative Training at Octopus Garden Yoga Centre. With an eye for depth and purity of purpose, she has furthered her studies in Yoga Philosophy, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Holistic health, physical and subtle body anatomy, and Ayurvedic Medicine.

angela-small Angela Warburton has been treating, educating, and empowering people about their health since 2001. Raised in North America, but trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is Angela’s passion to bring this ancient wisdom, combined with the most up-to-date, relevant, and impactful options available for her patients and students, into the modern world. Speaker, writer, teacher, and practitioner, she works with people to make this medicine easy to understand and integrate into everyday life with compassion, humor, soul, and as much joy as possible!

Angela is the clinic director of Urban Wellness, a faculty member at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, and a regular guest speaker and guest expert on the CBC.