Nilaya-House-Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Course
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Today, the need for restorative yoga couldn’t be greater. As a teacher and/or practitioner, integrating restorative postures into your yoga classes and personal practice feels more like a necessity than a luxury. Like all styles of yoga, there is a science and art behind teaching and practicing restorative postures. Studies show that restorative yoga decreases stress and improves a myriad of conditions including symptoms related to perimenopause, fatigue, high blood pressure, infertility and depression.

The art to restorative yoga is propping the postures carefully, creating a peaceful environment, and allowing sufficient time and space to move slowly and deeply into blissful relaxation.

As a teacher or practitioner, you will benefit from this restorative intensive, where you will learn dozens of restorative postures, the therapeutic benefits of each posture, the art of sequencing a full restorative practice, as well as several short-and-sweet sequences – 20 minutes or less – to boost energy and address specific areas in the body.


Dates & Times

Wednesday January 26 – Sunday January 30, 2022
Weekdays 12:00-5:00pm
Weekends 10:00-5:00pm



EARLY BIRD AED2250 by November 30


 Topics Covered Will Include:

  • The art of teaching Restorative Yoga
  • Reading bodies and making adjustments
  • Propping the postures
  • Polyvagal Theory and it’s role in Restorative Yoga
  • Physiology of the Relaxation Response
  • The physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of Restorative Yoga
  • Special poses for menstruation
  • How to sequence and teach a group Restorative Yoga class
  • Practical teaching experience with feedback
  • How to use Restorative Yoga with your 1:1 clients


  • Yoga teachers who have a completed a 200 hour training or equivalent.
  • Dedicated practitioners can also attend. Please email Joanne direcly.

About Joanne Smallwood

Nilaya-House-Restorative-Yoga-Teacher-Training-Course-Joanne Smallwood
Joanne has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties and has taught internationally for over 17 years.

After completing her Teacher Training in 2005 at The Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, she traded the infamous Canadian winters for warmer shores of India, where she spent 12 years practicing, learning and teaching.

Joanne loves to explore all aspects of the yoga spectrum. She is an experienced and creative Vinyasa Flow teacher and is known for classes that are fluid and dynamic. She has a deep understanding and appreciation for the quieter yoga systems that guide the body into states of profound rest such as Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Sound Mediation.

Joanne has been teaching Restorative Yoga since 2012 and has earned Certified Level 1 Relax and Renew Trainer with Judith Lasater.