50-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

with Pat Harada Linfoot & Stacey Hauserman - May 11th to 13th & June 22nd to 24th, 2018

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 over May and June, 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

  • 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.
  • Use of craniosacral and myofascial release tools and techniques to down-regulate the nervous system and encourage body-mind connectivity.
  • Pat and Dr. Shawna Perlin MD will provide a mindfulness component to this training.

Practicum components

  • Homework assignment (to be completed between the 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: May 11th to 13th & June 22nd to 24th, 2018
  • Time: Fridays 4:00-8:00pm; Saturdays/Sundays 10:00am-6:00pm + 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.

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.


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

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.

ShawnaPerlin Shawna Perlin, MD is a family physician with over 30 years experience in her practice. She has a strong interest in Women’s Health and Mental Health and began studying mindfulness and yoga in 2014. Shawna brings openness and humour to her groups along with her mindfulness teaching.

Assistant Faculty

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.


GlendaMyles Glenda Myles believes yoga and meditation is a path to cultivating a deeper, richer relationship with self. She holds compassionate space for people to explore their inner world – building strength, flexibility, and resiliency – so that we may be more connected and loving in the outer world.