50-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

with Pat Harada Linfoot & Stacey Hauserman - November 22-24th, 2019 and January 17-19th, 2020

Restorative TT

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 in January and March, maximizing assimilation and integration of the material by allowing time for practice between intensives.

What is Restorative Yoga?

  • It is a powerful healing tool that reduces stress by supporting the body’s innate responses towards homeostasis and health.
  • Restorative Yoga is an integral element in therapeutic protocols for nervous system disorders such as insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and depression.
  • Restorative postures and sequences can be modified to target specific organ systems, sensory integration, mental/emotional qualities, 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

  • Emotional literacy, chakra theory, and yogic psychology.
  • The elements of Restorative Yoga: the physiological basis and brain-nervous system connectivity, the efficacy of the form, and relevant research.
  • Fundamentals of reading bodies: cultivating sensitivity and building rapport as the central channel of communication
  • The most common areas of dysfunction or “tension breaks” in each pose and the appropriate hands-on assists to cultivate release.
  • 20 key restorative postures; how to teach, modify, and apply them in a balanced routine. Each key pose will include verbal cues to address areas of tension; hands-on assists, specific physical and emotional effects; contraindications; and modifications.
  • Learn how to improve your ability to heal yourself and to empower others to heal themselves by improving your ability to see imbalances in the body more clearly. By observing respiratory and habituated tension patterns, restorative poses become an assessment tool in order to understand how imbalances occur.
  • An experiential understanding of the process of Restorative Yoga from receptivity to rest to relaxation to resiliency and healing.
  • How to sequence postures for particular therapeutic effects.
  • The holistic technology of yoga and its primary tools of healing: physical alignment, breathing techniques, restoration, and meditation.
  • A general overview of the Ayurvedic system of healing and longevity.


  • Attend eight restorative (or meditation) classes before the next intensive weekend. Observe or assist two of these classes.
  • Practice teaching one Restorative Yoga pose to two separate people and send photos to pat@octopusgardenyoga.com. The pose should be one that was covered in the first weekend.
  • Optional: Complete meditations and send your journal entries to the above email address.
  • Dates: November 22-24th, 2019 and January 17-19th, 2020
  • Time: Fridays 4:00-8:00pm; Saturdays/Sundays 10:00am-6:00pm
  • 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-hr or winter 2020 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training program participants and for any alumni of our Yoga Teacher Training programs.

Tuition includes:

  • Unlimited drop-in classes from November 22nd 2019 – January 19th 2020
  • Octopus Garden Restorative Teacher Training manual
  • 30% discount on the purchase of yoga props

To reserve a spot in the program, payment of the $400+HST deposit is required. You can pay it either in person, at our front desk, by phone at 416-515-8885, or online. Those who are eligible for a discount will not be able to sign up online and should pay in person or by phone in order to receive their discount.

Core Faculty

PatHaradaLinfoot 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.

john John Veiga believes that learning is an exchange, and he endeavours to treat all those who practice with him with respect and equanimity. Drawing on more than 15 years of practice and teaching, John derives inspiration from the many layers of yoga. He is most energized and excited when philosophy, psychology, and anatomy swim together in an engaging practice.

david David Good believes yoga is a way to discover your hidden potential and find the truth of who you are, on and off the mat. He aims to create an inclusive environment that nurtures the soul and leaves students feeling like they’ve learned something about their bodies in the process.

Guest Faculty

Kiko Kiko is a teacher and artist specializing in sound therapy, meditation, yoga and relational aesthetics. She combines her knowledge of restorative yoga and sound to create sensitive environments for deep listening that induce profound states of relaxation and meditation, inviting in opportunities for intuitive awareness, self-healing and expansive creativity. Kiko is a certified yoga instructor who has practiced extensively with Octopus Garden and YuMee Chung. She studied Integral Sound Healing at the Svaram Music Research Center in Auroville, India, and has completed her certificate in Contemplative Psychotherapy through the Nalanda Institute (NYC).