Restorative Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training - In Person

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Faculty Melody Hansen

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  • Principles of Ananda Yoga®️ Therapy OR
  • Permission of the instructor for AnandaYTT graduates or RYT’s(from Yoga Alliance), OR
  • Permission of instructor for graduates of 200-hour YTTs that are equivalent to Yoga Alliance RYS

Expand Your Skill Set with Restorative Ananda Yoga

As stress and tension are released, healing and upliftment are promoted in body, mind, and spirit. Whether you plan to offer one or a series of restorative poses, this Restorative Yoga Teacher Training can help you work more effectively with your existing students as well as attract new students.

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Learn to Teach Safely, Conscientiously, and Supportively

In Restorative Ananda Yoga Teacher Training you will learn:

  • How to teach 2 comprehensive Restorative Yoga routines, including how to guide and give instruction on breathing, proper alignment, and safety mechanics for asanas, their cautions and contraindications
  • How to sequence routines in a therapeutic way to enhance the well-being of the practitioner on all levels
  • How to work with a variety of props you’ll actually be using in real-life situations

Restorative Ananda Yoga Connects You and Your Students to the System of Chakras

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There are many interesting things to learn about the chakras. For beginners through advanced yoga practitioners, we’ll focus on the two most practical, down-to-earth applications of the chakras:

  1. The Attitudes of the Chakras or states of mind associated with each Chakra—how they relate to our thoughts, actions, and habits
  2. The correspondence between the Chakras and movements of energy
  3. Learn techniques to help increase the flow of energy inward and up through the system of chakras
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Watch this video and experience the deep relaxation of Restorative Ananda Yoga

For more information, see Course Syllabus.

Nursing CEU Eligible: 19 hours CEU

Recognize Your Students as Individuals

Restorative Yoga can be time consuming and prop-intensive for instructors. In this hands-on training you will explore the importance of knowing how to assist and adjust your students both carefully and efficiently.

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You will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist and adjust real yoga clients who need individual assistance
  • Observe the common complaints students may experience in restorative poses and offer students alternate ways to practice more safely and comfortably
  • Learn modifications and variations needed for students with special conditions
  • Student-teach restorative poses that focus on releasing specific physical and mental tensions

Experience the Depth

Yoga teachers love this training because they get to practice a lot of Restorative Yoga! They also get to feel what it’s like to be nurtured and cared for in a Restorative class. During the course there will be time to:

  • Experience the poses to understand the use of props and proper alignment
  • Use the breath to invoke the Relaxation Response
  • Practice teaching one-on-one and in groups
  • Learn beginning to advanced Restorative Yoga Poses
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Heighten Your Teaching Ability and Integrating the Chakras into Restorative practice/or training

  • Learn to guide students in energy awareness while teaching Ananda Yoga’s unique Restorative routine for the Chakras.
  • You’ll learn about the chakra system of the astral body and its central role in achieving well-being
  • Enhance your own intuitive sense of the chakras and gain the tools to help others connect with healing chakra energy.
  • Work with the chakras as a Holistic System
  • We’ll practice warm-up exercises to the awaken the chakras, and you’ll learn the Restorative Ananda Yoga Chakra Routine

Restorative Ananda Yoga Teacher Trainees will receive a thorough manual for the course, which includes fully illustrated photos of the asanas and their props, instructions and guidelines for: teaching, assisting and adjusting students in the asanas, cautions/contraindications and modifications, and more. All material that is covered in the course is available in the manual.

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training graduates will receive credits toward the 500-hour Level 2 Certification and also for Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training.

This program begins with a special class at 4:30 pm. 

Course Schedule


4:30–6:00 pm  Orientation & Introduction to Relaxation

7:30 pm           Restorative Class


9:30 am–12:30 Introduction to Restorative: The Basics & A Restorative Yoga Class

2–4:30 pm        Review & Practice Teaching

7:10–9:15 pm   Team Teaching


9:30 am–12:30  Restorative Yoga for the Chakras 

2–4:30 pm         Review & Practice Teaching

7:10–9:15 pm    Team Teaching


9:30 am–12:30   Quiz, Q & A, Other Poses, Home Practicum Assignment


What our graduates say:

“Melody is a gifted yoga teacher and a joy to learn from.  She clearly articulates the essence of restorative yoga and how to guide others in a safe and supportive environment.  Her enthusiasm for its benefits is infectious and will inspire you to share this treasure with your students.”

— Michelle, Massachusetts

“In over 20 years of practice and 7 years of teaching yoga I have never encountered a technique more effective in calming, centering, and rejuvenating its practioner as Ananda Restorative Yoga. Through the excellent guidance of Melody I felt prepared, in a surprising short time, to incorporate Ananda Restorative Yoga into my classes. The benefits of calm, focus, and heightened awareness were immediate in my students and myself. This training greatly improved my teaching and my personal practice and I highly recommend it to yoga teachers of every style.”

— Stephanie, Israel


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Melody Hansen

Melody Hansen

Director of Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training, Director of Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Level 2 Ananda Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, Ananda Meditation® Teacher

Melody is an extraordinary yoga teacher, who conveys her great knowledge of yoga asanas—from physical mechanics to spiritual upliftment—with a blend of graciousness, authority, and fun. One of Melody's greatest strengths is the purity of her transmission of Yoga. She has very little egotism to block the clear flow of inspiration she shares. Her inner life is committed and deep, and she's able to help students experience that depth in their yoga practice.

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Restorative Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training - In Person starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date listed. Check-in is anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at our Front Desk. Your room will be available by 3:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30. The first gathering of your group is after dinner.
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The first required class is at 4:30pm (You will not be able to attend the 4:45pm sadhana that day). Try to arrive by 3 pm, so that you can receive a tour of the grounds and get moved in before the first class begins. The first class is usually given in St. Francis.

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More Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials

“Thank you Melody, for all of your energy, insight, and wisdom during our training this past weekend. I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed and nervous about beginning teaching this week after having such a long break since my 200-hr training. The restorative training really helped me rediscover my voice and confidence in my teaching ability and I feel completely prepared and re-inspired to serve my students.

—Alexandra, Grass Valley

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