Restorative Yoga Training with Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Trauma-Sensitivity Begins September 28, 2019

Restorative Yoga Training

Two Modules

Trainings meet Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm

September 28 through November 2 and

January 25 – February 29, 2020

at Brooke West Yoga | Yoga West Cooperative

7730 Morro Road Suite 207 Atascadero

San Luis Obispo County, CA

This training is designed for Yoga practitioners and others with a sincere desire to learn more about Restorative Yoga, meditation and relaxation for health and personal development. New and experienced yoga teachers; mind-body wellness professionals and those with a servant’s heart, such as body workers, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, mental health and public service professionals of all kinds, first responders and life coaches are all welcome. 

Experience and Teach True Relaxation. Learn to practice and assist others in balanced sequences of restorative poses, meditation and yoga nidra for relief of stress, pain, depression, addiction and behavioral issues, anxiety, tension and trauma.

Authentic relaxation can be the most difficult skill to master. The remedies of time, calm atmospheres, feeling cared for and being calmly witnessed can allow people to rebuild their health, their sense of value and their productivity. With willingness, Restorative Yoga can be accessed by most any practitioner, no matter their fitness or experience level.

Restorative yoga and meditation is safe for all stages of life.  Continued self-care, personal transformation and healing arises from the spaciousness of inner self-reflection. Restorative yoga offers an antidote to today’s distractions, busyness, pain and disorder, bringing ease, order, clarity, intuition and calm energy.

Yoga teachers and health care providers may be interested in learning and teaching Restorative Yoga for many reasons, among them: it appeals to those teachers with servant’s hearts because it is so nurturing; teachers can sustain teaching it physically over a long career; the atmosphere is calming for the teacher and the student; and because students and teachers everywhere are requesting that gentle, more passive, regenerative self-care practices – natural and effortless gateways to meditation – are made available.

These are only a few reasons why Restorative Yoga is such an important intervention today.

Free Orientation & Tea Friday, September 6:30pm – 8:00pm

  • Learn practical, technical skills to expertly set up and modify poses for individual needs in a trauma-sensitive environment.
  • Learn and understand sequencing to relieve specific physical and psychological issues and to support special problems.
  • Consider principles, silence, affirmations and languaging for effective relaxation.
  • Experience and lead practice sessions.
  • Develop intuition and an eye for alignment, breath and body language.
  • Learn trauma-informed movement, breath, and other skills to offer calmness.
    Learn how to make people comfortable and how to expertly guide relaxation.
    Learn how to create a sense of security in any environment.



Creating Safe and Calming Environments

Restorative Yoga Poses

Personal Practice • Teaching

Alignment • Assisting • Adjustments • Modifications for Accessibility

Physical and Energetic Benefits • Contraindications

Sequencing • Props • Cueing • Tone • Pacing • Silence 

Sequences for Balancing Chakras • Anxiety Relief • Depression Relief

Solutions for Common Complaints

Meditation • Yoga Nidra

Trauma- Sensitive, Trauma-Informed Training 

The tone of the sessions is relaxed, friendly, personable and casual while serious in focus and attention to safety and detail; intensive learning; group process; and fundamentals of yoga. Meditation and trauma-sensitive skills will be taught throughout, as well as sharing of personal experience, discussion, lecture, question & answer, partner teaching, lessons, reading and internationally resourced material, including a manual, and direct experience of resting.
Expect to cover a large amount of material in each session and also to spend a significant amount of time practicing and experiencing deep relaxation in the poses.
You will leave skilled and equipped with tools, experience and confidence to build and teach restorative practices for yourself and others. 
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units will reflect all training hours that the student attends. Group ZOOM calls are offered for students who would like mid-training support. They are not required for students to attend but the courtesy of an RSVP is requested. 


Module 1

Saturday, September 28, 2019  

Introduction + Relaxation +

Sitting Comfortably + Lying Down: Savasana  

Saturday, October 5

The Nervous System + Breathing and Pranayama Techniques

Child’s Pose + Legs Up The Wall 

Tuesday, October 15 ZOOM Group Call 6pm – 7pm

Saturday, October 12

The Subtle Body + Meditation, Mudras and Marmas 

Supported Side Twist + Mountain Brook Pose 

Saturday, October 19


Supported Bridge + Baddha Konasana 

Saturday, October 26

Abdominal Twist + Supported Side Stretch + Yoga Nidra

Tuesday, October 29 ZOOM Group Call 6pm – 7pm 

Saturday, November 2

Breathing and Pranayama Techniques + Teaching Practicum + Meditation + Savasana


Module 2

A deeper inquiry into therapeutic sequencing and modifications, including more postures and variations, subtle teaching techniques and practice teaching. To get the most complete training, it is suggested that you take both Module 1 and Module 2. 
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Balancing: The Chakra Sequence
The Art of Sequencing 
Saturday, February 1
Forward Bends + Anxiety Relief Sequence 
Tuesday, February 4 ZOOM Group Call 6pm – 7pm
Saturday, February 8
Backward Bends + Depression Relief Sequence 
Saturday, February 15
Side Bends + Yoga Nidra 
Tuesday, February 18 ZOOM Group Call 6pm – 7pm ZOOM
Saturday, February 22
Sleep Sequence
Restorative Yoga for Women’s Health
Other Poses
Saturday, February 29
Breathing and Pranayama Techniques + Teaching Practicum + Meditation + Savasana
Module 2 can only be taken alone with prior approval.
10am to 12:15pm
Check-in, brief morning practice session. Learning the poses or sequence and modifications.

Partner student teaching.
 12:15am – 1:00am
Relaxation, meditation and short break
1:00 to 2:00
Discussion of the module sequence, Q & A,
special skills and techniques.
Wrap-up + final relaxation

You Receive

A Restorative Yoga Manual

A Recommended Resources and Reading List

A Certificate of Completion, which can be used to satisfy up to 52 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits.

Ongoing Teaching Support

Modules 1 & 2 


$1250 by September 12

Module 1


$650 by September 12

Module 2 Only with Prior Approval


$650 by February 12

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All sales are final. No refunds will be issued for any reason, but you are free to transfer your registration to another attendee.

Required materials:
Restorative Yoga uses blankets as props. Please bring three blankets minimum (and up to eight, made of cotton or wool) and other props such as blocks or bolsters, if you would like to be trained with them. Bring a Yoga mat, water and a light snack, if you like.
Please bring a camera and notebook.
Suggested reading:
Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater PhD PT
Yoga for Emotional Balance by Bo Forbes PhD
The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health by Linda Sparrowe
Brooke West is a Certified Yoga Therapist recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapy. She is a researcher, lecturer and founder of a yoga studio and co-director of a yoga and wellness cooperative.
She has refined her signature teaching style over fifteen years of teaching therapeutic Yoga. She has successfully served many demographics, including seriously impaired students with emotional, mental, behavioral, physical and spiritual unease, by supporting and teaching people how to relearn how to rest very deeply. Restorative Yoga, Yoga nidra and meditation are the foundation of her nation-wide yoga therapy practice.

Restorative Yoga Training held Saturdays

Module 1: September 28 – November 2, 2019

Module 2: January 25 – February 29, 2020

10am – 2pm 

Many thanks to Rhoda Miriam at for her invaluable assistance.