A Restorative Yoga Training Programme: Compassion Focussed Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training
…Now turn to your breath. Imagine you are watching the eternal rise and fall of ocean swells gently moving up and down. Let your breath embody that gentle rhythm. Now begin to sink further and further inside your body, into the depths of your sensation. Offer your mind a vacation from the tyranny of constant thinking, constant judging, constant planning. Keep returning your focus to bodily sensation and let go completely. Rest safely and easily in this surrender.
Lasater, 2017, p.22
Restorative yoga therapy was founded by Dr. Judith Lasater, based upon the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar (Lasater, 1995).
B.K.S Iyengar was a world-renowned yoga teacher, whose teachings have possibly become the most prevalent yoga practice today (Williams et al., 2005). Iyengar yoga has its roots in Ashtanga yoga but is unique in its incorporation of using props and proper alignment to reduce pain and injury (Lasater, 1995; Williams et al., 2005). Restorative Yoga has since been the focus of much research, due to its ability to reduce low back pain (Crow et al., 2015; Sherman et al., 2005; Williams et al., 2005), alleviate neck pain (Crow et al., 2015), treat chronic knee symptoms (Kolasinski et al., 2005; Williams et al., 2005), act as a therapeutic remedy to patients with breast cancer (Danhauer et al., 2008), assist with autoimmune disease recovery, and more.
A key aspect to understanding the therapeutic effects of restorative yoga involves understanding the autonomic nervous system. Modern society is a breeding ground for stress and now most people suffer from chronic stress (Lasater, 1995). We are constantly living with increased sympathetic nervous system tone, rather than understanding how to relax into the parasympathetic nervous system. Mental habits we often grant ourselves in the modern age such as ruminating on the past or projecting into the future can increase sympathetic activity (van Oyen Witvliet et al., 2011). Learning to decrease our mental ruminations and calm the mind is at the heart of mindfulness practices and restorative yoga (Lasater, 1995; Sovik, 2000; Wielgosz et al., 2019).
It is here within the 200hr Restorative Yoga Teacher Training specialty, we endeavour to introduce you to an array of practices that promote personal and professional approaches to navigating stress and suffering differently. Approaches that allow you to transform the stress response into opportunities for growth for both yourself and your clients. Through this training you will come to understand two dimensions of integrative restorative yoga practice:
- Restorative Practice: Tradition in the East which shall reiterate the eastern perspective of working toward individual development, as well as
- Restorative Practice: Tradition in the West echoing the mechanisms involved in taking control at an endocrine, immune, and neuronal level.
Exploring restorative yoga through a Biopsychosocial Model of health, you will come to understand the Theory of Teaching-Technique as it relates to restorative practices. This allows for a level of yogic discernment that provides a level of liberation from suffering that is equivalent to and can be seen as integrated well-being.
There is a commonality in Restorative Practices that allow the transcendental Self to focus attention on intention and create awareness of awareness. And, whereas in many aspects of yoga and meditation practices, the elements of attention, intention, and awareness are created on the cusp of biopsychosocial boldness, Restorative Practices are a form of adapted yoga and meditation practices designed to give individual experiences of opening and receiving. Such opening and receiving occur through a level of guidance and support that physically and mentally allows an individual to let go, relax into the present moment, and allow the natural processes of the mind and body to take over and restore equilibrium and equanimity.
Biyome’s 200hr level restorative yoga teacher training will assist you in understanding the neurobiological physiology of the stress response and how to reduce stress. You will come to embody peace, self-compassion and restoration by learning in three ways: mentally, posturally and experientially.
The BIYOME course is delivered in line with evidence-informed knowledge and understanding, and in congruence with Interpersonal Neurobiology, the Sûtra’s of Patanjali, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, BKS Iyengar, Richard Millar, and Judith Hanson Lasater’s work.
Biyome’s Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainers are Senior Yoga Teacher’s, qualified Yoga Therapists, or Professors or Doctors in their respective fields of research.
“Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well.”
This course is designed to be completed within 12 months.
Training is conducted in a retreat setting, a 24-acre sanctuary, designed to restore, rejuvenate, and regenerate body and mind.
Students who wish to go beyond provisional 200hr membership with the respective associations may wish to either explore:
BIYOME’s full 350hr training program’s that gain Level 1 FULL Registration with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance:
350RYTT Personalised BioMedical Yoga Specialising in Restorative Yoga & Meditation
BIYOME’s option for adding 150hr upgrade after completing the 200hrs in a time frame that suits you.
* The BIYOME 200RYTT is quite unique and is designed for those who are seeking meditative and therapeutic asana training and more restorative movement-based therapy. As such, you are offered the choice of 4 x 4-day specialty intensive electives rather than attending our standard six foundational 2-day weekends. For those seeking comprehensive yoga training incorporating in-depth face-to-face asana with physical strength and flexibility training, BIYOME highly recommends our 350YTT Personalised BioMedical Yoga training. For more information please enquire or compare course outlines in detail.
Yoga Australia 200YTT Member
Yoga Alliance 200RYT Member
Commencing January 2022.
* Livestreamed options available.
What You Will Walk Away With
Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills to teach a rich and informative, educated, evidenced informed restorative class. You will be able to understand and deliver your teachings with confidence, convey the latest research in the biopsychosocial health field to students, offer appropriate teaching cues, and teach therapeutic and restorative yoga postures aided by the use of props and touch adjustments.
BIYOME’s Yoga Teacher Training courses also create a unique avenue to becoming a yoga teacher registered with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.
Upon graduation, certification with BIYOME avails the opportunity to register with either Association providing you with a globally recognised membership. Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance provide a standard of training recognition for teachers to practice with insurance all over the world. While Yoga Australia is highly regarded in Australia and the UK, Yoga Alliance may be your registration choice should you wish to teach in the USA.
BIYOME’s Restorative 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training specifically allows you to become a provisional yoga teacher over a 12-month time frame. You will then have three years to complete the 150-hour upgrade to complete your full Australian teaching registration.
What You Will Learn
- Introduction to Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine
- Understanding Disconnection: Suffering, Stress, & the Maladapted Mind
- Our innate ability to change
- The Path to Wellness: The Philosophy Behind Practice
- The Ethical Philosophy of Practice
- Understanding the Body-Mind Connection: Anatomy, Physiology & Neurobiology
- Theory of Teaching-Technique
- The Altruistic Teaching Methodology: The Science of Compassion and Connection
- Mindfulness: The Science of Attention and Attunement
- Asana: The Science of Posture and Position
- Pranayama: The Science of Respiration and Regulation
- Meditation: The Science of Concentration and Clarity
- Sound Therapy: The Science of Vocabulary and Vibration
- Specialty Intensive Training (4 CPD’s):
- Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine: Mind-Body Therapy
- Yoga Nidra Teacher Training
- Restorative Yoga Teacher Training: Restorative Yoga Therapy
- Mindfulness for a Meaningful Life
What You Will Experience
Four face-to-face specialty intensive training electives
Throughout the course, there is an essential face-to-face component that incorporates training tailored to your course. This includes hours via four 33-hour weekends offered year-round (details below – The BIYOME Difference).
PLUS Foundational Content Provided Online
Yoga Practice Sequences
Yoga Asana Manual
Daily Practice Journal
Complete access to all Provided Literature
Complete access to all Audio and Visual Lectures
BIYOME Terminology Dictionary
Additionally, throughout this course, foundational training in Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine, Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine, and Biomedically Informed Yoga for the Individual is provided online. This includes:
- Understanding the Yogic Tradition of Disconnection: Suffering, Stress, and the Maladapted Mind
- The Yogic Tradition of Suffering
- The Buddhist Tradition of Suffering
- Stress: Tradition in the West
- Our Innate Yogic Ability to Change
- Our Innate Yogic Ability to Change: Tradition in the East
- Our Innate Meditative Ability to Change: Tradition in the East
- Our Innate Ability to Change: Tradition in the West
- The Yogic Path to Wellness
- The Yogic Path to Wellness: Tradition in the East
- The Meditative Path to Wellness: Tradition in the East
- The Path to Wellness: Tradition in the West
- The Ethical Philosophy of Yoga Practice
- The Virtues of Teaching Yoga
- The Virtues of Teaching Meditation
- Understanding the Yogic Mind-Body Connection: Tradition in the East
- The Fundamental Nature of Reality
- The Constituents of the Enlightened Body
- Sharira, Kosha, Vayus, Nâdî, and Chakra
- Understanding the Mind-Body Connection: Tradition in the West
- The Fundamental Nature of Reality
- The Constituents of Human Anatomy: Biology & Physiology, Neurophysiological Psychology, The Embodied Brain, The Vagal (Vagus) Nerve, The Heart-Brain Connection, Heart Rate Variability, Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis, Psychoneuroimmunology, & The Gut-Brain Axis, Sociology, Energetic Communication, Epigenetics, & The Polyvagal Theory
Dr. James Kirby (Lecturer in Clinical Psychology UQ School of Psychology)
Dr. Lisa McLean (BA. Hons. Psych., PhD) MAPS Psychologist
Dr. Cassandra Shields PhD (Clinical Psychology), BPsych (Hons), MAPS
Dr. Stan Steindl Adjunct Associate Professor, a clinical psychologist and co-director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group at School of Psychology
>>Find out more about our faculty & staff
The BIYOME Difference
2022 Restorative Yoga Course
CPD01 Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine: Mind-Body Therapy (January 2-5, 2022)
CPD02 Yoga Nidra Teacher Training (April 15-18, 2022)
CPD05 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training: Restorative Yoga Therapy (June 17-20, 2022)
CPD06 Mindfulness for a Meaningful Life (Year-round monthly Fridays 9:30-12:30; 11 classes for 33 hours course)
Your 200RYTT Training Requirements
- 80% face-to-face attendance
- Completion of 4 x 4 day (Friday-Monday) weekend yoga intensives
- Completion of four (4) Specialty Intensive Training Modules (CPD) and associated multiple-choice questions
- The submission of the multiple-choice questions at the end of each lesson within the online 200RYTT content
- To undertake 30 additional class hours with a registered yoga teacher
- Required Books
- Recommended Books
- Required Props
We highly recommend at least 12 months of regular practise; however, we take all cases individually – please complete an application form and we will contact you directly to discuss.
- Kaminoff, L., & Matthews, A. (2012). Yoga anatomy. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
- Feuerstein, G. (2008). The yoga tradition: Its history, literature, philosophy, and practice (3rd ed.). Chino Valley, AR: Hohm Press.
- Siegel, D. J. (2012). Pocket guide to interpersonal neurobiology: An integrative handbook of the mind. New York: W.W. Norton.
- Carrera, J. (2006). Inside the yoga sutras: A comprehensive sourcebook for the study and practice of Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. Buckingham, VA: Integral Yoga Publications.
Please note that there are also required and/or recommended texts for each intensive elective undertaken.
- Bachman, N. (2005). The language of yoga: Complete A to Y guide to āsana names, Sanskrit terms, and chants. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.
- Iyengar, B. K. (2014). Yoga: The path to holistic health. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley.
- Desikachar, T. K. (1999). The heart of yoga: Developing a personal practice. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International.
- Robin, M. (2009). A handbook for Yogasana teachers: The incorporation of neuroscience, physiology, and anatomy into the practice. Tucson, AZ: Wheatmark.
Props attain a 15% discount when purchased from Yoga King Products.
- 1 yoga mat
- 1 yoga strap
- 1 bolster
- 2 blocks
- 2 blankets
- 1 Iyengar yoga chair (specific design to be purchased from EMP Industrial)
- zafu (meditation cushion)
- zabuton (meditation cushion base)
Please note that there are also required props/variances in prop requirements for different specialty intensive electives (CPD’s).
Your 200RYTT Investment
Investment to becoming registered with Yoga Australia starting from $4,108*
(1) Deposit payment – $249
(12) Monthly Payments – $353.25
Face-to-Face or Livestreamed options available.
*Upfront payment discount applied
**Certificate of completion / registration is not offered without complete payment.