Join Cynthia Funk and Karen Cove

Danforth location

40 Hour Teacher Training

Saturday February 9th: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday February 10th: 9:00am-6:00pm

Saturday February 23rd: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday March 9th: 9:00am – 6:00pm

THE most relaxing teacher training you will ever take!

Restorative Yoga has become a much sought after practice. More and more, yoga students are discovering the benefits of this gentle and effective method of relieving chronic mental and physical stress.

This is a hands on, practical course. Our discussions will explore how to properly teach asana in a restorative way, and how to utilize different props to allow deep relaxation to occur. Restorative sequences are designed to move the spine in every direction, including twists and inverted poses. Focusing on safe sequencing, anatomical discussions are an integral aspect of this teacher training. You will learn the techniques for communicating this practice to others.

Course Outline:

  • Learn about the dance between the autonomic nervous system; sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
  • Delve into the physical, neurological, psychological and energetic effects of restorative yoga
  • Learn the foundational restorative yoga poses including supine postures, twists, and inversions
  • How to skillfully use props including blankets, zafus, bolsters, and eye pillows, to support deep rest
  • Receive basic anatomical information on cautions and contraindications of various poses
  • Deepen your understanding of pranayama techniques and learn what to include and exclude during restorative classes
  • Learn how to layer meditation and visualization techniques into your classes
  • Thoughtful assisting throughout a restorative class
  • Become aware of the best use of language for restorative yoga and learn how to make use of it to deepen the restorative experience
  • Begin to develop specific observation skills to discern and assist misalignments that may inhibit deep relaxation
  • Optimize your classroom atmosphere to support the restorative experience
  • Restorative poses to support women during all stages of pregnancy
  • Sequencing, timing, and themes for individual restorative yoga classes, different months and seasons
  • Discussions about working one-on-one with clients, small groups and public classes

Through this course you will gain new perspectives on yoga practice through a different lens. Develop an understanding of restorative yoga as a therapeutic tool. Become aware of the effects on your own body, and learn how to observe shifts and changes in your students within a public class setting.

Our objective is that you will gain confidence and understanding in restorative yoga so you can use these skills to assist yourself and others.

A certificate of completion will be granted upon successful completion of the course.

37 faculty led hours.

1 homework/assignment including readings (3 hours) to be completed by Sunday March 9th, 2019.

To receive certification, you must attend all sessions (100% attendance). If you need to miss a portion of the training, please address this with our administration to make up the missed class time privately with Cynthia and Jo.

Program tuition: $800 *Not subject to HST

This course can be used towards a 300 Hour Certificate.


Cynthia Funk

Co-Founder, Teacher Training Director

Cynthia offers a warm, open hearted, dynamic and experiential practice, sprinkled with humour. She combines physical and energetic alignment along with insightful meditation.

Her passion for yoga inspires and motivates her students to reach their goals, whether it be inner peace, body awareness or building self-confidence.

Karen Cove

Teacher Training Faculty

Karen has dedicated her life to both the practice and teaching of yoga.

She combines an advanced understanding of anatomy and sequencing with a deep compassion for her students. Her classes are designed with precision and attention to detail, but her immense love of yoga creates an environment that is fun and welcoming. Karen completed her first yoga teacher training at The Yoga Sanctuary and has gone on to complete other teacher trainings, including, with Hart Lazer. She has been assisting The Yoga Sanctuary’s Director, Cynthia Funk, with the studio’s teacher training program since 2008 and is a part of the faculty for the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program.