Restorative Yoga TT

Expand Your Practice & Teaching Skill Set with Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a well-recognized methodology and technique for creating well being in yourself and your students through the art of deep relaxation. In today’s busy world, Restorative Yoga is key to recovery and healing from acute stress held in both the body and mind.  Deep relaxation has demonstrated measured results in improving immune, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, and neurological functions. It’s theory and design replenishes the body’s natural state of balance while promoting physical and mental rejuvenation.


In this Level 1 40-hour teacher training (30 contact hours + 10 hours of pre-course work reading) participants will learn how asana, the nervous system and the body’s subtle energies connect to Restorative Yoga and deep relaxation. Throughout the training, you will learn and practice how to help your students cultivate the experience of healing, re-balancing, and well-being.


The therapeutic effect of Restorative Yoga allows this practice to be offered to anyone. Whether you are a new or experienced yoga teacher seeking enhance your existing skills or wish to develop your personal practice, a dedicated yoga student, or practicing health professional. This Restorative Yoga Teacher Training will provide you with the tools to enrich your practices and teach authentically, grounded both in experiential knowledge and self-awareness.


Through practice and hands-on application, you will gain a clear understanding of the theory and power of Restorative Yoga. You will learn how Restorative Yoga creates and nurtures a sense of calm, balance, harmony, serenity, healing, and renewal.


Your completion of this training will allow you the ability to create, guide and practice a Restorative Yoga practice for yourself and others.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Understanding of the Breath & the Relaxation Response theory
  • Principles of Deep Relaxation
  • Embodied anatomy in the skeletal and nervous system
  • The neurological, physical, psychological, spiritual, and energetic principles of working with Restorative Yoga
  • Anatomy of the subtle energy body
  • Working with traumas and individual sensitivities, both theoretical and practical
  • The basic principles of Yoga Nidra
  • Key Restorative Yoga Poses and how to structure and deliver a class
  • Working with minimal props when a studio is not fully equipped
  • Cautions, contraindications, and modifications
  • Developing your unique use of verbal cueing
  • Healing with compassion practices: metta, mudita, gratitude
  • The business foundation for teaching a restorative practice for private clients and groups
  • How to incorporate restorative poses into your existing Hatha, Vinyasa, and other practices.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist and adjust students who need individual assistance
  • Observe the common complaints students may experience in restorative poses and offer alternatives to practice more safely and comfortably
  • Learn modifications and variations needed for students with special conditions
  • Student-teach restorative poses that focus on releasing specific physical, emotional, and mental tensions.

Course Content

Module 1: Anatomy & Physiology

Focus on the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, vagus nerve, and polyvagal theory. Study their relationship to stress and relaxation and how this relates to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems. This will be theoretical study and experiential practice.


Module 2: Restorative Yoga – the Fundamental Foundation and Poses

Learn the principles of the Relaxation Response in a Restorative Yoga practice. Study the foundational poses in the following categories: Supine, Prone, Lateral, Rotation, and Inversion.


Module 3: History & Philosophy

Study the the philosophical underpinnings of the practice of Restorative Yoga with regard to key terminology and concepts from the Yoga Sutras and Upanishads. Incorporate a review of techniques of applied Nondualism, Meditation, Metta, and Mudita. This will be theoretical study and experiential practice.

Module 4: Subtle Anatomy

Learn how to apply the theory of subtle energetics to a Restorative Yoga practice. Focus on the Koshas, Chakras, Kundalini, Prana, Nadis, Meridiens, Mudras, and Ayurveda. Study their practical applications and the connections to trauma. Particular focus on the Nervous System and its relationship to sound and hands-on techniques will be applied.

Module 5: Yoga Nidra

Study the basic principles of creating and guiding a Yoga Nidra practice. Understand the core principles of Yoga Nidra: constructing the practice, and how to apply voice, tone, and setting. Explore the science behind Yoga Nidra, and how to teach Yoga Nidra in a group or individual setting. Practicum throughout.


Module 6: Professional Practice

Understand how to develop a personal practice and how to create a 60 and 75 minute class plan. Discuss how to integrate Restorative Yoga into regular classes. Learn how to teach with minimal props. Understand how to create workshops using Restorative Yoga teaching techniques and methodologies.

Requirements for Certification of Completion:

Attend all 30 hours of the training

Complete final written exam

Required Reading (pre-course work)

Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT.

Deep Listening by Jillian Pransky

Course Prerequisites

This course is open to qualified yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees, and dedicated yoga students with a minimum of 12-18 months of consistent practice. It’s also open to health professionals (ex: Osteopaths, Physical Therapists) who wish to expand their knowledge and skills.


Note for dedicated yoga students and health professionals attending this course: the Certificate of Completion acknowledges the training hours, but does not certify you as a yoga teacher. If you attend a 200/250 hour teacher training in the future, you will be able to apply the course hours to Continuing Professional Development requirements when registering with Yoga Alliance.


Radici Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS).  The hours undertaken in this 40 hour, 5-day training can be claimed as Continuing Professional Development hours with Yoga Alliance.


Radici Yoga is located in the heart of Florence, Italy. It is less than a ten minute walk to the Santa Maria Novella train station and one block from the Fortezza Tramvia and public parking.

Around Radici Yoga, there are a wide selection of accommodations. We recommend the Student Hotel, a new concept hotel nearby, and there are many reasonably priced places on AirBNB. Florence’s historical center is very walkable and there are always many things going on. Given our proximity to the Tramvia, you can stay further out of town and easily commute to the studio. Bike sharing is also available through the Mobike app.


If you have any questions about Florence; what to do, where to stay, or how to get here, just ask the team:

Course Leader: Jen Warakomski, E500 RYT, RMT

About Jen

“After discovering yoga in 2001 and gradually moving away from a fashion design career and a hectic New York City lifestyle, I completed my first yoga teacher training in 2008. Through the lens of physical injury, I met the healing power of Restorative Yoga and completed three Restorative Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga teacher trainings with Jillian Pransky from 2009-2012.

I continue on the path of studentship (a life-long journey) and have also completed trainings with my other primary teachers: Leslie Kaminoff, Erich Schiffmann, and Carrie Parker in the USA, as well as advanced meditation, mindfulness, Yoga, and Reiki trainings with HH the Dalai Lama and Yogi Sivadas in India.

The summary of my experiences thus far have greatly enhanced my life and continue to do so in many beneficial ways. My style is pragmatic and grounded in many years of personal practice and teaching experience 

My offerings have evolved alongside my desire for the softer forms of Restorative Yoga, Reiki Healing, Mindfulness, and Yoga Nidra, although Hatha and Vinyasa still hold places in my primary practices. I teach workshops, trainings, and retreats in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. My homebase is in Florence, Italy, where I am a Radici Yoga teacher and trainer, and a faculty member at two of Florence’s leading educational institutions where I teach Yoga and Meditation academic programs.”

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Florence, Italy

Program Faculty

This training is led by Jen Warakomski