Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 1: Laying the Foundation
27-29 October + 24-26 November

A 33 hour programme for Teachers over 2 weekends with Anna Ashby + Chris Swain.


This unique teacher training focuses on the practice, art and teaching of Restorative Yoga. It provides a solid foundation for being able to teach this unique style of yoga and includes: immersive practice, how to set-up/adapt postures, lecture + dialogue clarifying the purpose and nature of the practice, how to sequence and language instruction, and create sanctuary. The training explores basic stress physiology, it’s impact on health and how Restorative Yoga postures and environment support nervous system health.

Course Content

The two weekends include:

  • Restorative Yoga practice each day
  • reflection + journaling
  • lectures + dialogue
  • the art of teaching Restorative Yoga: purpose and nature of the practice, breath awareness, sequencing, language, cues and creating sanctuary
  • stress physiology and the anatomy/physiology of postures
  • practicums which cover the basic set-ups of essential poses, how to adapt postures to suit individual needs and assisting


In addition to scheduled weekend hours, students are asked to observe two Restorative Yoga classes/workshops with Anna Ashby or recommended teachers to complete the training.


Learning Outcomes + Course Structure

This training is designed for teachers and teacher trainees and includes ample time for practice, exploration, and understanding the art of teaching Restorative Yoga.

Each intensive weekend offers a retreat-like atmosphere which includes three 2-hour practices, as well as time to learn about the history, nature and purpose of Restorative practice and how to structure and teach classes. The anatomy and physiology of the postures, as well as basic stress physiology grounds the work in the reality of everyday living. Learning tasks are designed to support the process of learning and assimilation and offer time to connect and engage with others. Practicums enable hands on experience which explore essential poses and practice the set-up of props and assisting. Particular emphasis is given to adapting and adjusting the postures to suit individual needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand basic stress physiology, anatomy of the postures, and breath awareness.
  • Understand the history of Restorative Yoga, its purpose and nature.
  • Confidence in how to structure and successfully facilitate a Restorative Yoga class.
  • Immersive and experiential practice in Restorative Yoga.
  • Practice in setting up and adapting poses to suit individual needs.

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

Applicants must be either taking, about to take, or have successfully completed a Yoga Teacher Training Diploma in order to teach students at a beginners/level 1 standard.


It also meets Yoga Alliance YACEP Continuing Education hours and Yoga Alliance Professionals requirements for CPD.




Course Schedule + Materials

Weekend One:

Friday 27th October 3.30pm-9.00pm

Saturday 28th October 12.00pm-7.30pm

Sunday 29th October 12.00pm-6.30pm


Weekend Two:

Friday 24th November 3.30pm-9.00pm

Saturday 25th November 12.00pm-7.30pm

Sunday 26th November 12.00pm-6.30pm


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.