40-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

with Octopus Garden Faculty - 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 January and February, 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 qualities, and the energetic qualities of each unique season.

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.

What skills will I learn during the program?

  • The syllabus is both comprehensive and integrative, combining physical alignment, yogic breathing, eastern philosophies, energetics, and meditation techniques, in order to provide a wide scope of tools to use in your practice.
  • This holistic approach to healing will give you a deep understanding of the key postures, how to sequence them for the greatest effect, and how to address common aliments and disorders such as migraines, back pain, nervous system imbalances, infertility, and more.

Additional specific skills include:

  • How to improve your ability to see imbalances in the body more clearly and to use restorative poses as an assessment tool in order to understand how imbalance occurs.
  • How to set up 25 postures with available props and verbal cues.
  • How to assess support and comfort.
  • How to ease agitation.
  • How to balance postures for particular therapeutic effects.
  • How to explain the organic and emotional benefits of postures.
  • How to improve your ability to heal yourself and to empower others to heal themselves.
  • How to enrich your ability to frame the powerful technologies of yoga within a bigger context of nature.

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-4:00pm + 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 our teachers or anyone repeating the training; 20% off for current 200-hr YTT participants and for any alumni of our YTT programs.