About this course
Stress is an epidemic in our modern world and is the cause of many illnesses. That’s why Restorative Yoga is so therapeutic in helping to balance our nervous system and bring it back to a point of equilibrium and our body-mind to optimum health and vitality. Restorative Yoga can help many chronic stress-related conditions like Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmune diseases, digestive issues, and hormonal imbalances. It’s also a wonderful practice for any body who needs a little more rest and restoration in their lives—ie: every body!!
Restorative Yoga is a form of ‘active relaxation’ which involves the artful use of yoga props to create supported, therapeutic variations of the classical yoga postures. In this comprehensive online course created by Senior Yoga Teacher and Bliss Baby Yoga Director, Ana Davis, you’ll be introduced to this subtle yogic art and learn the basics in practising and teaching Restorative Yoga postures and sequences.
In this practical and accessible course Ana shares her passion for and wealth of experience in this therapeutic approach to yoga that has so many applications for female and male students alike.
- What is Restorative Yoga?
- Benefits and applications of Restorative Yoga and the key postures
- Important principles and guidelines of Restorative Yoga
- Use of various props, and adjusting for various students’ needs
- Sample Level 1 Restorative Sequence
- Understanding the nervous system and how Restorative Yoga can support the parasympathetic nervous system
- Understanding the Vagus nerve and how Restorative Yoga can increase vagal tone (supporting the nervous system and optimal health and wellbeing)
- Key Restorative Postures—prop set-up, focus while in the pose, variations, contraindications and cautions
- Sequencing: the Six Restorative Posture Groups—understanding the grouping for themed benefits/ intentions
- Level 1 Pranayama (breathing practices) for Restorative Yoga
- Structuring your Restorative Yoga Class
- Incorporating restorative postures in your general (non-restorative) class
- Student Case Studies: structuring a safe and beneficial sequence for specific student needs
This comprehensive online course contains a multi-media ‘bag of goodies’ including a stimulating mix of video, audio and written materials:
Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course
- 1 x Sample Level 1 Restorative Video Class to practise along to—with Ana Davis (duration: 1 hr 10 mins). Also includes accompanying sequence (PDF file).
- 6 x Restorative Posture Group Video Demonstrations showing posture variations and props set ups—with Ana Davis (combined duration: 99 minutes)
- 3 x Online Video lectures with detailed powerpoints explaining benefits, applications, key principles and how restorative yoga supports the nervous system—with Ana Davis (combined duration: 80 minutes). Also includes digital files of the powerpoint notes.
- 1 x Online Video Lecture on the anatomy and function of the Vagus Nerve —with special guest teacher and physiotherapist, Lisa Fitzpatrick (duration 22 minutes).
- 7 x Audio Lectures on the Six Restorative Groups and Teaching Tips—with Ana Davis (duration: over 2 hours )
- A comprehensive Course manual (PDF digital file), with detailed instructions and illustrations of postures and set-ups.
- Reflective Journalling exercises to help in your understanding and ‘embodiment’ of Restorative Yoga
- 1 x 45 minute Skype Live session with a Bliss Baby Course Facilitator to discuss any questions you may have on practising and teaching Restorative Yoga
- 2 x short quizzes and a Case Study Assignment task to help you consolidate the knowledge we share with you.
A Completion Certificate (PDF electronic file) is provided once you’ve completed the course. The total course hours on this completion certificate is 27.25 non-contact and 0.75 contact hours (28 hours total).
Members of both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia are required to complete ongoing professional development to keep their membership current. By completing the Bliss Baby Yoga Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course, teachers are able to accrue some of these necessary professional development hours as well as to gain the all-important knowledge and skills to launch them into this specialised area of yoga practice and teaching.
For Yoga Australia members, 12 CPD points (Continuing Professional Development) must be accrued each year to keep your membership active. These can be accrued through contact or non-contact hours of study. Our Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course is predominantly non-contact study, however as our course includes an assessment component (final case study assignment), for Yoga Australia members (as per their Continuing Education Policy) the hours spent completing our course are counted as contact hours, core to yoga teaching (1 point per hour). The Bliss Baby Yoga Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course is 28 hours (0.75 contact hours and 27.25 non-contact hours), so Yoga Australia members will accrue at least 28 CPD points.
For Yoga Alliance members, according to their Continuing Education Requirements, every 3 years starting from your initial date of registration, each RYT and E-RYT must complete and log a minimum of:
- 45 hours teaching yoga, and
- 30 hours of yoga related training that is directly related to one of the Educational Categories, of which:
Our 28 hour Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course (27.25 non-contact hours and 0.75 contact hours) can therefore meet the 20 non-contact hours requirement and 0.75 of the required 10 contact hours.
At the end of the course we will also include you on our online directory of qualified Restorative Yoga teachers.
FAQ: If I want to be able to teach Restorative Yoga classes, do I have to already be a qualified yoga teacher to enrol in your online course?
Our Bliss Baby Yoga training courses are designed as post-graduate study for qualified yoga teachers, and are not alone designed to qualify graduates to teach restorative yoga classes to the public if they are not yet a qualified yoga teacher (having completed a minimum Level 1 / 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training).
The prerequisite to enrol in our courses is at least 6-12 months consistent prior yoga practice experience – so that you are familiar with the basic postures / practices / terminology and can therefore gain the most from this training. We strongly recommend undertaking a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in addition to our specialised teaching before teaching any public classes, so that you can be insured as a qualified yoga teacher.
FAQ: Is your Restorative Yoga training aimed at Prenatal / Postnatal students, or for teaching general Restorative Yoga classes?
This course is designed to equip yoga teachers with the specific skills and knowledge to teach specialised Restorative Yoga classes to female and male students of all ages and backgrounds. You will also learn how to incorporate Restorative Yoga postures into your general yoga classes.
If your particular area of interest is women’s yoga (including prenatal / postnatal yoga) we recommend our Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training + Prenatal & Postnatal Restorative Online Yoga Class bundle package. And you may also be interested in undertaking further complementary study with our Online Prenatal and Postnatal and Fertility Yoga Teacher Training Courses.
Read more about accreditation here.
Once you’ve enrolled and your payment is confirmed, you’ll be sent an email with your log-in details to log in to our special student section of the website where you can get started with your course.
The Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course is easy to navigate—it’s all clearly laid out and you don’t have to be a ‘techy’ person to figure it out!
This course consists of 3 modules. Each module consists of a varied and stimulating mix of audio lectures, video-lectures, sample video classes, and accompanying reading from the course manuals. Have your yoga mat and props* at the ready to practice the postures yourself for an embodied experience. The focus of this course is on ‘experiential learning’ so that you can experience the recommended practices yourself prior to teaching them.
*We recommend having the following props to get the most out of completing this course:
- At least one fat, firm yoga bolster (two is even better!)
- At least one yoga block (two is even better!)
- Three yoga blankets, or if not available, thick bath/beach towels or Mexican blankets
- A yoga strap
- An eye pillow
At the end of each module there are short quizzes (see below under “Course Assessment Requirements”) and to keep you engaged and ensure you’re integrating the information we’re giving you, and to help you prepare for the learning to come in the next module.
Course Assessment Requirements
At the end of each module you will be required to complete a short quiz that helps you solidify the learning. An 80% pass mark is required, but don’t worry, the quizzes are multiple choice/ true-false and you can re-do the quiz as many times as you need to.
At the end of the course content you will be required to complete a Restorative Yoga ‘case study’ written assignment (with sample case studies provided). Upload this to the website (very easy) and one of our Bliss Baby Yoga online course facilitators will mark it and be in contact to arrange the final step—your one-on-one Skype session.
In your Skype session your Facilitator will give you valuable constructive feedback on your assignments and it’s also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions about the course content.
Then, all you need to do is complete our Online Feedback Form (your feedback is soooo important to us!) and you will receive your Completion Certificate that you can either print out or keep digitally to send to registration bodies (eg: Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia) to gain all-important CPD (Continuing Professional Development Points).
The beauty of this online option of the Bliss Baby Yoga L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training is that you can complete it in your own time, to fit around your other commitments. The total course hours that will be recorded on your Completion Certificate are 28 hours—this is what we estimate it will take you to complete this course, including the sample practices, reading, journaling, and completing your final assignment.
Because we understand that you’re fitting this course around other commitments that may include yoga teaching, working, or being a parent, there is no time limit on when you must complete the course, and the information and resources in this course are yours to keep forever. How you pace your study-load, that’s up to you, and what works best for your lifestyle.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our Online Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course delivery and accreditation, including the following, please click here.
- Do the Bliss Baby Yoga online courses certify me to be able to teach in the USA/UK?
What past course participants say:
“I loved the Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course! I found it really informative and beneficial and a wonderful addition to my yoga teaching tool-kit. All of the content was easy to access. I was happy to have the videos as well as the audio lectures – I felt it helped to fully understand by seeing the postures demonstrated. There was a perfect balance between prac and theory, and the education on understanding the nervous system was really beneficial for me and also learning about the vagus nerve.” – Teysha Dyason
“Ana and Lisa – you have genuinely inspired me with your obvious passion, and I feel humbled to have learnt from two people who very clearly are extremely knowledgeable. I liked being able to see how to get into and out of each pose, as well as how to achieve alignment in the poses. The verbal instructions that accompanied each pose in the demonstration videos were of excellent quality. The technology was very easy to navigate, and the course materials were rich with information and were of a very high standard. I’ve already been recommending your Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course to anyone who will listen to me. You have a truly high quality product here! I can’t wait for the Level 2 course!” – Claire, QLD, Australia
“I loved practicing the Restorative Yoga poses myself. It was lovely to feel the relaxation that your students will feel in class.” – Lynne Whitford, Melbourne, Australia
“Great information about the use of props and the difference in approach for Restorative Yoga. Experiencing the poses and how to set them up allowed me to create a memory in my body. I can see how it will help my practice and healing and working with women.”
“This was my first ever experience with Restorative Yoga, and it leaped over my expectations. I never imagined an asana that was static would be so beneficial, calming, relaxing… just amazing! I’ll definitely be incorporating Restorative poses into my general flow classes, with the intention of working up to full Restorative classes in the future.” – Rebecca Welch, Byron Bay
“The materials were incredibly well thought out and professional without being ‘slick’. I have done other on-line courses and the audio-visual was neither audible or able to be seen! Very impressed with the layout, quality and content of the on-line course materials.” Linda White
“I felt very satisfied with this course. I felt that any support and communication was just an email away and all communication was answered quickly and efficiently. Ana Davis’ voice, teachings and explanations were excellent, as well as the whole presentation. She is natural, down to earth and very easy to relate to.” Judy Walker
Who is this course for
Our Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course provides you the flexibility of studying from your own home, at your own pace. It is ideal for qualified yoga teachers, recent teacher training graduates or those still completing their yoga teacher training who want to specialise in the growing field of Restorative Yoga.
Ana Davis (E-RYT 500, RPYT, Yoga Australia Registered Level 3 Senior teacher, qualified Doula, Dip. Remedial Massage, B.A. Honours) is passionate about the benefits and wide-range of applications for Restorative Yoga.
She has been teaching for 23 years and training teachers for over 10 years. She learnt Restorative Yoga long before it became popular and has a treasure-house of practical tips to offer from her rich experience. As a specialist in women’s yoga, Ana is also passionate about how Restorative Yoga can support women throughout their monthly and life cycles.
Ana’s first book “Moving with the Moon: Nurturing Yoga, Movement and Meditation for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle” was released in late-2018 and is now available in both print-book and E-book formats.
This online course has been written and taught by Ana Davis. Online course students will experience audio and video lectures, as well as sample class videos and posture demonstrations with Ana.
Ana is also a lead teacher on our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Course and Online Level 1 Fertility Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Kind words about Ana from our Online Course graduates:
“Ana – you are such an amazing and gifted person and teacher. We’re all lucky you discovered your calling and can share your knowledge with us. Your communication is really clear, and your voice is so pleasant and easy to listen to that the lectures were a real pleasure.”
“I loved Ana and the way she taught and how knowledgeable she is. I looked at a lot of online courses for this and was very happy I decided to take this one.”
Lisa Fitzpatrick is a physiotherapist, best selling author, mother of two, yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer (specialising in Anatomy & Physiology), and coach who revels in supporting women to find their soul purpose.
Lisa has over 20 years experience working with people to improve health by promoting Mind-Body awareness. She has a specialised interest in women’s health, well-being and spiritual consciousness, and has a talent for making complex anatomical concepts simple and fun. As the founder of Sacred Women’s Business, a coaching and training business, Lisa provides coaching for intelligent and conscious entrepreneurs with a legacy to leave.
We are so lucky to have Lisa as a guest teacher on this course, sharing her expert knowledge on the anatomy and function of the Vagus nerve.
Lisa is also a presenter on our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal and Postnatal Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module.
Kind words about Lisa from our Online Course graduates:
“Lisa is so inspiring! She is so knowledgeable, an excellent presenter, and a beautiful person inside and out. I would love to spend more time learning from Lisa.” – Prue Stone
Star Despres is a devoted yogini, practising since she was 19 and teaching since 2006. She is a Senior Byron Yoga Centre qualified Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and has been facilitating Bliss Baby Yoga teacher training courses since 2010. Star’s passions rest in empowering women to reconnect with the divine feminine, no matter what stage of life they are in, and assisting them to find a more nurturing and sacred approach to life. She especially loves to support women through pregnancy, the postnatal period, perimenopause, menopause and times of exhaustion and depletion via the practise of Restorative Yoga and daily self care rituals.
Star is also the founder of Divine Star, an Online sanctuary honouring the feminine and offering private mentoring, retreats, workshops and circles to inspire women to reclaim their power and reconnect to their authentic selves. Her greatest role is as a mama of 2 daughters (17 years apart), and continues to fine tune the balance of work and Mamahood whilst also honouring her own needs.
Star is also the founder of Divine Star, an Online sanctuary honouring the feminine and offering private mentoring, retreats, workshops and circles to inspire women to reclaim their power and reconnect to their authentic selves. Her greatest role is as a mama of 2 daughters (17 years apart), and continues to fine tune the balance of work and mamahood whilst also honouring her own needs.
She has offered her wildly successful signature class for women ‘Yoga for Feminine Vitality’ in her local area for the past 2 years. This class is a combination of deeply restorative and feminine yoga practises specifically designed for women in need of nurturing and nourishment. The popularity of this class shows just how much these restoration practises are not only needed but desperately wanted by women who are yearning to find a way to balance the busyness of modern life.
Our Online Restorative course trainees will have the opportunity to meet Star face-to-face during the final one-on-one Skype session.
Star is also a Senior Course Facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, and also offers Online 1:1 Mentoring for yoga teachers and personalised yoga classes.
Kind words about Star from our course graduates:
“I loved my Skype session with Star! It was great to talk to someone so passionate. I liked her useful suggestions and it was good to know that what I’m doing is ‘right’.”
“I loved Star’s gentleness and genuine interest in women’s wellbeing.”
Choose from the purchase options below—stand-alone or bundle options
All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST for Australian residents.
Your payment will be processed securely through PayPal, or eWay. Pay via Credit Card (check-out as a guest – no PayPal account required), or via your PayPal account.
ONLINE L1 RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
Prenatal & Postnatal Restorative Online Class Bundle:
ONLINE L1 RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE (AU$239)
PRENATAL RESTORATIVE YOGA ONLINE CLASS
POSTNATAL RESTORATIVE YOGA ONLINE CLASS
POSTNATAL HEART-OPENER RESTORATIVE YOGA ONLINE CLASS
*ONLINE CLASSES AT SPECIAL BUNDLE PRICE OF $10 EACH
Restorative + Fertility Online Course Bundle:
ONLINE L1 RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE (AU$239)
ONLINE L1 YOGA FOR FERTILITY TEACHER TRAINING COURSE (AU$161 – SPECIAL BUNDLE PRICE)
Payment Plan Options:
2 PAYMENTS OVER 1 MONTH:
Enter the promo code PP2 at the checkout to pay 50% of the course fee upon enrolment, with the balance automatically deducted from your credit card 30 days after the enrolment date (the final payment date will be shown when you select this option).
4 PAYMENTS OVER 6 WEEKS:
Enter the promo code PP4 at the checkout to pay 25% of the course fee upon enrolment, with the balance automatically deducted from your credit card fortnightly (every 2 weeks) over 3 further payments (the payment dates will be shown when you select this option).
* Please note – with any payment plan option, the final instalment payment will need to be paid before the final 1-on-1 skype session can be scheduled.
HOW DO I ENROLL & GET STARTED?
Register and pay the full course fee. You can pay securely online with credit card via PayPal. (Note: that you don’t need your own Paypal account, you can pay via ‘guest checkout’)
Once your payment has been confirmed, you’ll receive an email with your log-in details and a direct link to go ahead and log-in. (You can also always log in directly on our website using the “Log In” link in the top right hand corner.)
If this is not your first purchase on our site, you’ll receive a reminder email with your log in details for the account you already have with us. Once you log in to the site, you’ll be directed to your member page where you can access your course and get started!
(Note: if you have previously purchased other courses or classes with us, you’ll be able to conveniently see and access all of your courses here in the member section of the website)
Enjoy the learning— a juicy mix of video and audio lectures, video demonstration classes, and a slew of informative and inspiring reading and notes!
You can work entirely at your own pace, and because we appreciate that you may be a busy mother and/or yoga teacher there are no time limits on completing our courses; they are designed to fit around your busy life.
Navigating your way through the course is simple and easy, but if you have any questions or issues at any time, we are only an email away!
In addition to homework tasks and extension reading/ viewing, after each module of the course you will be required to complete a short quiz that helps you consolidate your learning.
4: Case Study Assignment
Once you’ve completed all of the course modules, you’ll reach the Case Study Assignment section of the course. This is a fun, rewarding exercise that helps you pull all the key knowledge together about safely teaching Restorative Yoga for students with specific therapeutic needs.
Complete the Case Study in your own time and then simply upload your assignment through the website.
5: Personal Skype Session
Once you’ve uploaded the assignment, one of our Senior Bliss Baby Facilitators will mark it and will be in contact (usually within 7 – 10 days) to schedule your personal Skype session.
In your 45-minute Skype session with your Bliss Baby Yoga Facilitator, she will share her constructive feedback on your assignments and this is also your opportunity to field any questions you may have about any of the content in the course.
Our online students report that they get so much out this one-on-one time with their course Facilitator.
6: Completion Certificate
After finishing your Skype session you’ll be prompted to complete a Feedback Form on the website and then, congratulations! You’re done! You will receive your course Completion Certificate that you can either print out or keep digitally to send to registration bodies (eg: Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia) to gain all-important CPD (Continuing Professional Development Points). And you will then be ready to confidently and safely teach Restorative Yoga.