Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
with Marlie McGovern

Offering restorative yoga to others is a profound gift of compassion and healing. The recipient experiences the rare and precious opportunity to “just be” in their bodies and minds, fully supported and relaxed, in the warm presence of a caring guide.

Restorative yoga is a deep and subtle practice of fully supported yoga postures that stimulate the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. This active relaxation results in a physiological and psychological quieting, which soothes the negative effects of chronic stress, and returns one’s system to balance.

In this hands-on, experiential training, participants will learn the essential principles and practices of restorative yoga:

  • Practice and receive constructive feedback on setting-up effective restorative poses, including twists, backbends, forward folds, inversions, and savasana variations
  • Learn the key ingredients to creating a restorative environment for clients, and how to sequence a restorative class or private session
  • Understand the energetic qualities of the postures and how and when to use them to obtain desired therapeutic results
  • Uncover greater centeredness, clarity, and expansiveness within yourself through direct somatic experience in the postures throughout the weekend
  • Skillfully incorporate breath work and meditation into your restorative teaching
  • Learn appropriate adaptations and modifications for restorative practice for pregnancy, physical limitations, and other challenges including working with clients in a hospital or office setting

This training is open to yoga teachers, caregivers, therapists, body workers, health care providers, social workers, and others seeking to learn stress reduction and relaxation techniques.

Upcoming Dates: May 12-14

Schedule: Friday, 6:30-9:00pm, Saturday 1-8pm, Sunday 1-8:30pm
The training weekend will conclude with meditation and full-length restorative class on Sunday evening, 6:30-8:30pm.

Cost: $395 (early bird $370 if paid by March 15th)

*Hours from this training can be applied to Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Hours
*Those seeking a certificate of completion will be required to submit a final project for review following the training
*Opportunity for further restorative yoga mentorship following the training will be available.


Marlie McGovern, E-RYT, RPYT, MA, teaches meditative and somatic practices from the contemplative traditions of Yoga and Buddhism, informed by contemporary insights from Western psychology. She specializes in restorative yoga, a deep and nuanced practice of fully supported asana that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and facilitates exploration of the subtle limbs of yoga. Marlie is the Administrative Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Program Director for the Institute’s Yoga Psychology & Meditation Teacher Training Programs, and a graduate of the Institute’s Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy.