On Campus Program

Relax and Renew, Level 1 Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga


We work hard in our lives. While we might sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us relax and rest deeply and completely—and benefit our physical, mental, and emotional health.

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; improvement of immune function, digestion, fertility, and elimination; and the reduction of anxiety and stress. 

NOTE It is recommended that program participants bring their own yoga mat and eyebag.

Required texts
Judith Hanson Lasater, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times
Judith Hanson Lasater, Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation

Recommended reading
Judith Hanson Lasater, Teaching Yoga with Intention: The Essential Guide to Skillful Hands-on Assists and Verbal Communication
Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
James Nestor, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.

Special Instructions

If you wish to be certified as a Relax and Renew® Level 1 Teacher, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attend all sessions. There are no exceptions so 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 12 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.

Included in Your Stay


Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
Professional Training


Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, is a physical therapist who has taught yoga since 1971. A founder of Yoga Journal magazine, she is the author of 11 books.

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