Restorative Yoga

I will let my body flow like water over the gentle cushions. -Sappho

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative Yoga postures are supported with bolsters, blocks and blankets, and are held for an extended period of time—it’s all about relaxation. First introduced in the 1960s by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, Restorative Yoga was created for students with injuries or illness and those who could not practice the more vigorous styles of yoga. Today, Restorative Yoga is practiced in health clubs, hospitals, and yoga studios by participants who are looking for deep rest and relaxation.

When practicing restorative yoga, you will feel a sense of motionlessness and ease, like floating on a cloud. The benefits are numerous. It enhances flexibility, stills the mind, balances the nervous system, boosts immunity, and enhances mood. And, restorative yoga simply feels good.

My Restorative Yoga Journey

I took my first Restorative Yoga class in 2001 and fell in love with the practice. I noticed immediately that I had a calm and clear energy and that this continued into the next day. I started to incorporate restorative poses into my practice and in my Hatha classes. My offerings were well-received, and I began to purchase blankets, blocks, and bolsters. I offered restorative classes in yoga studios and health clubs, and the feedback I received from every session warmed my heart—I felt like every time I led this practice I was giving a gift.

In 2011, I set up a Restorative Yoga program at ACAC in Charlottesville, VA and facilitated staff trainings. I have led Restorative Yoga workshops and teacher trainings at UVA,  Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville (Buckingham, Virginia), Breath Yoga and Meditation Studio, and Edge Yoga Studio.

Restorative Teacher Trainings & Workshops

Restorative Yoga teacher trainings and workshops are suitable for teachers, enthusiastic practitioners, and health care professionals. Teacher trainings require 12-14 hours. CEUs  will be awarded for registered Yoga Alliance teachers.

In restorative training, we will cover the following topics:

  • The relaxation response.
  • Physical, mental, and energetic aspects of Restorative Yoga.
  • Postures and use of props, alignment environment, and sequencing.
  • Teaching skills; “reading” the body, intuition, verbal cues, and adjustments.

Through direct experience, practice teaching, and feedback, a trainee will leave with the ability to confidently teach a primary series of restorative poses to their students as well as incorporate them into their own practice.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops:

Please check Other Offerings for info. on upcoming trainings/workshops.

In addition to the above offerings:

I will happily customize programs and modules for 200-500/hour teacher trainings. Please contact me to design a training that will suit the individual needs of your studio.

I am open to scholarships, and I am dedicated to making these trainings accessible and affordable to anyone seeking to learn the practice of Restorative Yoga.

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials

Thank you, Marla, for offering and teaching this weekend.  The class was informative , organized, and inspiring. The material was presented in a relaxed and loving environment!   You did an excellent job!  You are an inspiration to me and thank you for your guidance and friendship.

Veronica,  PHD, Naturopath

Thank YOU for teaching me. You’re really great with explaining things and the aahhhhh thing. It was great to experience it for myself and then to use the props on someone else. I love that you have so much wisdom and kindness that you share with everyone. However, you were professional. I also love your sayings and quotes. And, I’m very glad that you were my teacher and look forward to seeing you again some time. We have so much in common. “Sometimes, I wish that people could see what we see and understand (don’t have to agree) what we understand.”

Clara, 14-year-old

Thank you so much for your wonderful class and being such a sweet, kind soul!

Tiffainy, Program coordinator at Satchidananda Ashram.