Kundalini Energy Work, Life Coaching, Yoga & Meditation
Kundalini Energy Work, Life Coaching, Yoga & Meditation

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

The Ultimate Yoga Practice for Stress and Anxiety

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.

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training


Topics Covered Will Include:

  • The art of teaching Restorative Yoga
  • How to reduce stress using Restorative Yoga
  • How to use Restorative Yoga to manage anxiety
  • 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


  • For yoga teachers who have a completed a 200 hour training or equivalent.
  • For dedicated practitioners who wish to participate in this training please contact me directly.

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. 

Leonardo da Vinci


Joanne Smallwood

Joanne has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties and has taught internationally for over 18 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. She has a passion Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Sound Mediation and offers weekly classes. Joanne has been teaching Restorative Yoga since 2012 and has earned Certified Level 1 Relax and Renew Trainer with Judith Lasater.

Joanne also leads yoga retreats each year that includes these powerful practices.

For me Restorative Yoga is the best and my favorite yoga class to teach!
I love the effects to the practitioner and I feel it’s a great present that they offer to themselves.
I personalized the class with acupressure and sound bath. soon will be my first retreat in Tahiti and we will enhance the musical part with a friend who is a flutist and as we made a trial, I can definitely tell you that it will be amazing! I just loooove this practice! Again thank you so much!

Timiri – Graduate 2016

I am so grateful that I decided to join Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with you. I loved every minute of it and every teaching you shared with us. You most definitely inspired me to go even more deep in my own yoga journey and I feel blessed to have you as my mentor. From every interaction with us, one can tell that you are so invested and passionate about yoga and especially the Restorative practice. Which is so powerful and so needed in these times… thank you for sharing your love and knowledge about “the art of being and not doing”.

Roxana – Graduate 2022

I have had such a deeply nourishing time. Learning different poses and practices to support the parasympathetic nervous system and learning how to feel safe enough to melt and relax. These last few days have been such a wonderful opportunity for me to experience what it feels like to truly be dropped into my body and to live in a present space.
I would highly recommend this practice and this training to anyone who is really looking to either support themselves or others within their community and learn the art of deep relaxation.

Miriam – Graduate 2022

Taking the restorative yoga teacher training with Joanne was an amazing experience as both a yoga teacher and practitioner. The course was so well organised, well paced and packed in so much information with enough time to ask questions and fully integrate our learning by way of practice teaching. As a teacher, this course has expanded what I can offer my students, many of whom have really benefitted from restorative practices. As a practitioner, I have been able to take away some of the need to push myself every time I practice, and to feel that the benefits of a yoga practice don’t just come from advancing my practice and deepening postures, but from just taking time to “be.”

Lily – Graduate 2022

Dates and Locations:

October 2024

To reserve your space contact:

Nilaya House – Dubai, UAE www.nilayahouse.com 

Read more about the power of Restorative Yoga in this blog post Deep Rest As A Boost For Vitality.

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