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Relax and Renew Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga

For yoga teachers and serious students.

We work hard in our lives and, while we might sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us relax and rest deeply and completely, benefiting the body’s organ systems.

In this 30-hour training, learn the art and skill of teaching restorative yoga, including

  • The physiology of relaxation
  • The physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of restorative yoga
  • Special poses for menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause
  • How to sequence and teach a restorative yoga class.

Measurable results of relaxation include reduction of blood pressure, muscle tension, and fatigue, and improvement of immune function, digestion, fertility, and elimination.

Required text Judith Hanson Lasater, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. (Please bring this to class every day.)

Required reading Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. You will be sent an additional required reading packet approximately eight weeks before the training.

Recommended reading Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis.

If you wish to be certified as a Relax and Renew® Trainer, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attend all sessions (no exceptions; please do not schedule your flight at a time that requires you to leave the workshop early);
  • Complete a project to be submitted by mail approximately eight weeks after the workshop;
  • Include $150 check (US funds only) at the time of submission of the project to cover the certificate, the time spent grading the project, and a lifetime listing on restorativeyogateachers.com.

This program may be also taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
The hours from this training may be applied toward your 1000-hour yoga teacher certification if you have not already applied the hours toward your 500-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certification.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Yoga Teachers
Program Theme
Professional Training


Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, is a physical therapist who has taught yoga since 1971. A founder of Yoga Journal magazine, she is the author of nine books.

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