Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

“I wanted to tell you about my experience since this weekend during the Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.  I woke up on Sunday morning with no pain in my right hip.  I was pleased about this because it has been several months since I have been pain free for more than  an occasional hour or two at the most.  I have continued the restorative practice on a daily basis…. Just a couple of poses each day…. And I have now been pain free for 4 days.  I don’t have a memory of when I have been free for this long.   I’m sure you hear stories like this on a regular basis, but it is a new one for me.  What a gentle, yet powerful practice!” – Tanya, IL

Restorative yoga is a gentle inward form of yoga that invites participants to move towards greater balance, control and participation in their life.  The participant’s body is placed in yoga postures that are supported with props.  The mind is invited to slow down with the use of pranayama, visualization and mantra allowing the individual to turn inside.   A restorative practice is a complement to any yoga practice or other form of exercise and perfect for almost any practitioner looking to experience a deeper state of relaxation and healing than Shavasana or sleep.  It is also a perfect practice for those recovering from injury or illness or anyone who experiences stress on a daily basis.

In this weekend restorative yoga training created from the Tantric Hatha Yoga Teachings, the work of Herbert Benson and Jon Kabat Zinn, participants will gain practical, hands on experience and skills to work with a wide range of populations.  The program will include posture practice, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra, visualization, and use of props to create a safe/comfortable/healing environment.  Participants will leave the training confident in their ability to understand the philosophy and science behind restorative yoga as well as self-assured in their aptitude to lead their students through a complete restorative yoga practice.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga

  • Re-establish homeostasis in the body
  • Help students cultivate the Relaxation Response
  • Release the constant feeling of fatigue of the body, mind and emotions
  • Change habitual patterns of reacting/responding
  • Release of physical and psychological pain
  • Increased awareness of self
  • Helps the body find deep relaxation and healing

Class Outline and Format (20.5 hours) (45% lecture, 55% experiential)

  • Tantric Hatha Yoga Philosophy
  • Relaxation Response and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Therapeutic benefits
  • Discussion, practice and leading of xx restorative yoga poses including modifications and variations for diverse populations.
  • Discussion, practice and leading of 5 pranayamas
  • Use of mantra, mudra and visualization
  • Leading and sequencing
  • Language development and hands-on assisting
  • Understanding the use of warm-ups

Restorative Yoga Training Instructors


Jacci Gruninger


Shelbi Miles


Shelbi Miles completed her 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) in the Kripalu and Pranakriya traditions and her 500 hour in the Pranakriya tradition with a focus in Yoga Therapy.  She has a background in Psychology and is also a licensed massage therapist (LMT), seeing clients solely for Cranio-Sacral Therapy.  Shelbi is the co-owner of Crofton Yoga and lives in Crofton, MD with her Husband and two young daughters.  Shelbi has a strong sense of self and purpose and is passionate about sharing her understanding of the healing powers of the body and how beneficial yoga is to this process.

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