Breathe Yoga + Wellness Centre Breathe Yoga + Wellness Centre

Restorative Yoga Training

Learn to effectively and safely teach restorative poses.


Breathe Yoga has been teaching and Certifying students in Restorative Yoga in Toronto for over 15 years.  Our program is a multi-faceted and rich exploration to inform the personal study as well as teaching skills of each student. Students and teachers of yoga will learn the joys of Restorative through first-hand experience of the postures, and will also learn hands on experience in how to teach students of all levels.


Non yoga instructors who are interested in restorative yoga either to inform their own health and wellness or to inform their line of work are welcome to attend.  The training is a rich resource for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of their own health and looking into non invasive, gentle, affordable, but powerful tools for healing.

with International Instructor Andrea Peloso

Andrea Peloso is a dedicated teacher who I trust to offer excellent instruction. She cares deeply for yoga students and the practice of yoga.”
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT and author of several best selling books on Restorative Yoga

20 hours
November 8-10, 2024

20 Hours
December 6-8, 2024

TBA (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)


Learn to effectively and safely teach Restorative Poses.

The Restorative Training in Toronto is a multi-faceted and rich exploration to inform the personal study as well as teaching skills of each student. Students will learn the joys of Restorative through first-hand experience of the postures, and will also learn hands on experience in how to teach students of all levels.

Understanding the scientific reality of the human nervous system and how it affects the body will help students to compose classes which are effective for deep and long lasting healing rather than simply relaxing experiences for students.

The art of reading bodies, and communication with students is essential to a well propped restorative pose. Students will gain hands on practice in understanding how each pose relates to different bodies, as well as classical alignment that enables the student to rest more deeply.

A comprehensive repertoire of postures will be passed on to students with the detail necessary to bring depth and life changing benefits to students.

Teaching methodology as a result of personal practice and right relationship with ourselves and others will be explored throughout the training. As follows deepening our compassion as well as our ability to communicate will be a theme throughout the course.

Who Can Attend

In addition to yoga instructors, those who have attended the restorative training in the past are  massage therapists, teachers or students seeking insight into their own health conditions, police officers, patrol agents, acupuncturists, social workers, chaplains, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners,



In the context of this course we will be studying the science of the nervous system as well as traditional wisdom and many different postures in different variations. We will be exploring the nuance and complexities of creating safer spaces for ourselves and others and creating a platform for deep experiences in the postures, beginning with ourselves.


  • Basics of Restorative Yoga
  • Understanding the Nervous System: Parasympathetic and Sympathetic.
  • 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

  • Cultural and psychological aspects of welcoming deep support.
  • 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 and sandbags

Traditional Wisdom

  • Understanding the basics of what each pose does to various systems and parts of the body according to traditional wisdom.

Pelvis and Lower Back

  • Restorative Variations on Grounding the pelvis, and healing the Back.
  • Using pillars (when possible)

Breathing, Soothing, Lungs, and Liver

  • Four Sides of the Lungs.
  • Restorative Twists.
  • The emotion of anger.

Pregnancy, Fertility, Sides and Hips

  • Restorative Yoga for Pregnancy, and Fertility.
  • Restorative side supports
  • Restorative side lying poses for scoliosis (when applicable)
  • Restorative Yoga and Pregnancy – a lecture on the stages of pregnancy, what to avoid, and when.

Kidneys, Heart, Joints, and Depression

  • Restoratives for Kidneys and Heart.
  • Restoratives for Depression
  • Understanding and modifying for specific injuries. Teaching Restorative Yoga with Case studies.
  • Restorative Backbends
  • 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.

A Comprehensive Teacher Training, non-teachers also welcome

This is a complete Restorative Certification for yoga teachers. This training is also open to everyone and many people from all walks of life attend this training.

Final Project for Restorative Certification

For Restorative Teachers there is a final project that completes your certification. Components for the final project consist of cultivating a home practice in Restorative, a photo journal of private classes with individual Restorative students, and a book report. There is a $75 fee for certification within the first 6 months. The fee goes up to $100 after 6 months and no projects will be accepted for certification after one year.

This course is eligible for YA and CYA credits.



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