Restorative Teacher Training 2: Going Deeper
10th – 12th May

A 3-day programme for teachers with Anna Ashby + Chris Swain.


This unique teacher training focuses on going deeper into the practice, art and teaching of Restorative Yoga and includes: immersive practice, how to set-up/adapt postures, self-enquiry, meditation practice, as well as lecture + dialogue. The training further explores ‘stress’ as the body’s response to being knocked out of homeostatic balance, and the ‘stress response’ as the body’s mechanism for returning back to equilibrium.

Course Content

Each day includes:

  • Restorative Yoga & meditation practice
  • reflection, journaling and the practice of self-enquiry
  • lectures & dialogue
  • further study of Restorative postures which covers the use of chairs, set-ups of props + assisting
  • review of essential/functional alignment as it pertains to Restorative postures
  • refinement in the art of seeing and assisting, and how to adapt postures to suit individual needs
  • review and further study of stress physiology and the anatomy/physiology of postures
  • further consideration of the physiology/psychology of stress including Polyvagal Theory
  • how to create a safe environment conducive to relaxation & healing which can offer sanctuary


Participants are encouraged to observe/assist Restorative classes/workshops with Anna Ashby and other recommended teachers. This can be done prior to or after the training.

Learning Outcomes & Course Structure

Three broad areas of learning form the architecture of this training – Recognition, Responsibility + Resilience. An empowered learning environment with fellow teachers helps build confidence and creativity in designing ongoing Restorative Yoga classes that serve our communities.


Day 1: Recognition involves understanding better how stress impacts the nervous system + overall health and what to do about it. Not only does this day review how to recognise the signs of stress, it also covers how stress becomes acclimatised and no longer seen. By understanding the complexity and pervasiveness of stress in relation to modern living, as well as drawing insight from Polyvagal Theory, we can help students learn to recognise stress and manage it well through Restorative practice and meditation.

Learning Outcome: Understand and recognise the way stress impacts health and wellbeing and how Restorative Yoga can help.


Day 2: Responsibility (the ability to respond) shines the light of awareness on behaviours/patterns that contribute to stress and interfere with the movement back into balance. Utilising atma vichara style self-enquiry, this day seeks to uncover unconscious or negative thought constructs, tensional holding patterns and behavioural tendencies which contribute to imbalance and ill health. It also spotlights language and culture which may contribute to stress. A contemplative, dialogical ‘felt’ process allows space to reflect, heal and take ‘responsibility’.

Learning Outcome: Understand better personal patterns/behaviours that contribute to stress and map new pathways for balance.


Day 3: Resilience addresses the skill of moving back into balance and considers the role of the Restorative Yoga teacher in facilitating a process of release in a safe space that addresses challenges such as feeling vulnerable and not in control. This day engenders empowered action and a compassionate stance that supports a culture of wellbeing. It takes a closer look at how different Restorative poses support down regulation of the nervous system serving as a a powerful tool for moving back into a centred and grounded state.

Learning Outcome: Understand better how the the Restorative Yoga teacher can facilitate down regulation of the nervous system through design, cues and understanding the poses.

Teaching Team

Anna Ashby – Yoga Asana and Teaching
A senior teacher and trainer in the UK, Anna has been studying and practicing yoga for over 30 years and teaching for over 20. Her teaching has evolved from her study of dance, in-depth training within styles of yoga that focus on alignment and precision, and immersion in a wide variety of yoga practices and teachings while living for 12 years in a yoga ashram in upstate New York in the 1990’s. She specialises in Restorative Yoga where diving deep into embodied experience enables a profound shift of perception and state that supports well-being and integration. Her book, Restorative Yoga: Power Presence Practice for Teachers and Trainees, released in 2022, elucidates and celebrates this powerful style of practice and has become the ‘go to’ guide for the practice. As an experienced teacher trainer over a span of 20 years having founded the triyoga teacher training programme, Anna enjoys curating a learning experience that honours the tradition while innovating to meet the times. She is a registered SYT teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals which demonstrates excellent standards as set by YAP.


Chris Swain – Yoga Anatomy
Chris has been teaching yoga for 25 years, initially qualifying as a teacher with the Chinese Yoga Federation in 1987, then as an Iyengar yoga teacher, before being introduced to Ashtanga yoga with John Scott in London in 1999. It was whilst studying in the early 1980s that Chris came across yoga, Kempo (a martial art), Cheirology (hand reading) and meditation. During this time Chris developed a deep interest in natural healing. He moved to London in 1996 to take a 4 year degree in Osteopathy, deepening his understanding of western medical models. He is currently on the faculty for both the triyoga and Yoga Haven yoga teacher training courses and also teaches asana and anatomy based workshops.

Eligibility & Accreditation

This training is for qualified yoga teachers who have taken a level 1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training or wish to deepen their Restorative Yoga teaching skills.

It also meets Yoga Alliance UK requirements for CPD.



Course Schedule & Materials

Friday 10th May 12:00pm – 8:30pm

Saturday 11th May 12:00pm – 8:30pm

Sunday 12th May 12:00pm – 8:30pm


The training includes an in-depth Companion Manual with photographs and requires the purchase of Restorative Yoga: Power Presence Practice for Teachers and Trainees written by Anna Ashby. Upon registration a discount code of 20% will be sent to purchase the book through the publisher. Props will be provided by the venue.