The 40 hour Restorative Training is a rich teacher training to inform the personal study as well as teaching skills of each student. Students will learn the joys of restorative yoga through first-hand experience of the postures, and will also learn hands on experience in how to teach students of all levels. Students also will learn the Ayurvedic, physiological, emotional, and biomechanical elements of each pose.

An extensive repertoire of beginner as well as advanced postures will be passed on to students according to the length of each training with the detail necessary to bring depth and life changing benefits to students. How to set up the postures in detail, as well as modify for a class with less props will be explored. Teaching methodology and sequencing as well as many details for supporting the body best understanding biomechanics for deep release will be examined in detail.

Creating safer environments that are inclusive and safe(er) spaces that welcome people of diverse backgrounds will be explored.

A final project will ensure one on one time with Andrea where you both together make sure that you are ready and sure on all of the details as well have the personal practice experience to teach with confidence.

This training is not only for yoga teachers but anyone also interested in their own health and wellness. Other students in the past have been: yoga students, nurses, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, police officers, teachers, social workers... anyone interested in how deep rest can better their lives and our world.

Themes that will be explored, as well as additional themes that will be explored as time allows are as follows:





  • $915 + HST

  • At least 50% of the cost is required to secure your spot.

  • If you pay in full you get access to unlimited yoga at our studio from the moment you have paid to the end of the module.

  • Upward Dog Yoga is an HRSDC Certified Educational Institution. We can provide you with a tuition receipt for your tax purposes.


Course Curriculum

In the context of this course we will be studying the science of the nervous system as well as Ayurveda and many different postures in different variations.

Fundamentals | Elements of Support, Adjustments | Traditional Wisdom | Digestion | Breathing, Soothing, Lungs, and Liver | Pelvis and Lower Back | Women, Men, Intersex: Prostate, Menses and Menopause | Pregnancy, Fertility, Sides and Hips | Kidneys, Heart, Joints, and Depression | Emotions | Sequencing



  • 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, and how they can be caused by an imbalanced nervous system.

  • Understanding the role of traditional wisdom and scientific understanding as it informs the Restorative Yoga Practice.

  • Restorative Yoga and the 5 senses. Exploring these concepts practically through practice.

Elements of Support, Adjustments

  • The psychology of deep support.

  • The pranas and their relationship to Restorative Yoga.

  • The role of mindfulness in the Restorative yoga practice.

  • A detailed look at proper support of the hands, knees, back, pelvis,
arms, and neck in Savasana and elevated chest pose.

  • Use of blankets to move and support of the body.

  • Art of touch.

  • Adjustments with blankets.

  • Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system with either props or adjustments.

  • Use of weights, sandbags, smaller seed bag weights.

Traditional Wisdom

  • The vayus and their relationship to Restorative Yoga.

  • Cooling and Heating/ Calming and Stimulating: understanding the basics of what each restorative does to various systems and parts of the body according to traditional wisdom.

  • A detailed beginning exploration of these concepts through Setu Bandha Sarvangasana and Supta Baddha Konasana.

  • Ayurveda, Western Culture, and Restorative Yoga: The Three doshas and how they relate to Restorative Yoga.


  • Understanding the effect of these 
poses on the full digestive system.

Breathing, Soothing, Lungs, and Liver

  • Supported Shoulderstand,

  • Supta Paschimottanasana, and Adjustments.

  • Closing or opening the lungs with blocks.

  • Restorative Twists.

  • The emotion of anger. Restoratives for the liver – healing stagnation, or
invigorating. Restoratives for Pitta Imbalances.


Pelvis and Lower Back

  • Grounding the Femurs and balancing the pelvis.

  • Restorative Variations on Grounding the pelvis, and healing the Back.

  • Sandbags.

  • Using pillars

  • Setu bandha sarvangasana variation with bent knees, and sandbag.

  • Supine Balasana.

Women, Men, Intersex: Prostate, Menses and Menopause

  • Menses: an irregular or painful Moon Cycle/ PMS

  • Poses for Prostate

  • Poses for Menopause

  • Supta baddha konasana with 3 variations

  • Elevated Blocks pose.

  • Heart and High Blood pressure: specific techniques.

Pregnancy, Fertility, Sides and Hips

  • Supported Janu Sirsasana

  • Supported Pigeon

  • Restorative Yoga for Pregnancy, and Fertility. Restorative Side
Stretches. Restorative side lying poses for scoliosis.

  • Restorative Yoga and Pregnancy – a lecture on the stages of pregnancy,
what to avoid, and when.

  • Side Lying Savasana,

  • Supine Virasana and variations.

Kidneys, Heart, Joints, and Depression

  • Restoratives for Kidneys and Heart.

  • Restoratives for Depression/ Kapha Imbalances.

  • Understanding and modifying for specific injuries. Teaching Restorative Yoga with Case studies.

  • Stimulating Restoratives: Restoratives for Depression, Kidneys and Bladder.

  • Supporting various joint and structural injuries: specific issues, and techniques.


  • Soothing Anger

  • Calming distress

  • Comforting Grief

  • Awakening from dullness and depression

  • Healing Anxiety

  • Being Present to the Emotions in a Restorative Practice.


  • The Art of Sequencing for Classes

  • Restorative Yoga and the Four Seasons

  • Teaching for Groups and Individuals

  • Bringing Students to deep rest: ideal timing, atmosphere, reading the room.

  • Practice Teaching: Gaining Confidence with presenting the material.