RESTORATIVE YOGA: Science, Practice & Teaching for students or teachers

Monday 8th Apr 2019

The fascination with more passive yoga practices is growing as a counterpoint to the frenetic wave of Vinyasa and stronger yoga styles. But Restorative Yoga is quite different from Yin Yoga and is far more than just lying over lots of bolsters and props!

It’s especially beneficial for those with injuries or illnesses and can be almost infinitely adapted to assist healing in most students.

This 12 hour training module will add real knowledge, confidence and skills to enhance your teaching and expand your ability to safely help a wider student audience. But you’ll also experience the subtle nuances of this form of practice yourself. So enjoy this course either way, as teacher, student or both!

Restorative DogYou will learn:

  • Detailed teaching on how to use props and poses for all student-types
  • Therapeutic principles to support all body-types and constitutions in restorative yoga
  • How we can revive our energy in restorative yoga
  • Sequencing principles for restorative classes
  • Creative use of props to ensure healthy alignment and breathing in the most effective postures
  • Somatic movement exercises to complement restorative practices
  • Teaching techniques for restorative classes
  • Trauma-informed protocols to make your teaching “trauma-aware”
  • The science behind stress management and how this form of yoga may contribute specific tools to help manage:

Anxiety-based Depression
Menstrual/cycle problems
Lowered immune system
Menopause and PMS
Natural fertility and more
Heart disease
Men’s health (Prostate and Colon health)

Course length: 12 hours (12 CPD points and can count towards Level 2 or 3 membership of YogaAustralia)

The course is aimed at qualified yoga teachers (minimum 200 hours training) or students wishing to experience and understand the science and practice of this most enjoyable addition to Asana practice.


Cancellation up to 48 hours prior to event date is possible subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Less than 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is only possible if we can fill your place from a wait-list.


Meet Mark O’Brien

Mark is the founder of Qi Health & Yoga in Manly and has practiced Yoga for over 25 years with well over 10,000 teaching hours under his belt. He holds Senior/Level 3 membership of YogaAustralia. Mark is a key note speaker at Yoga Conferences as well as being an advanced practitioner. He’s a practical family man with a refreshing sense of humour who will help you take your practice to the next level.

Whilst respecting the ancient traditions of Yoga, you’ll find his teaching lively and focused with a gentle but intense Vinyasa style. He pays great attention to sequencing and breath in order to prepare the body & mind to receive the profound benefits of yoga. He is also passionate about sharing the profound benefits of well-sequenced restorative yoga.

Mark’s classes use self-inquiry (swadhyaya) to inspire your curiosity  to explore how to be truly happy through an organic, playful, grounded and mindful approach using all the tools of yoga, not just postures.
He focuses on developing practical skills that will transform the quality of your daily life and is passionate about raising teaching standards in Yoga. He leads the 12 month Qi Teacher Training courses which have run for over 14 years.


Monday 8th Apr 2019 To Friday 12th Apr 2019
1:45 pm - 4:45 pm


Qi Freshwater Studio


4 weekday sessions Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 1.45 - 4.45pm (NO session Wednesday)

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The booklet & photos are amazing. The practical demonstrations and assisting, as well as theory was a wonderful balance. It could hopefully help my students with pain relief.

Natalie - Yoga teacher

I just wanted to thank you sincerely for your generosity of spirit in sharing your valuable knowledge with us over the week of restorative yoga learning.

The notes are great and I revisited them and tried some of the sequences over the weekend.  It was a delight to learn more in depth about restorative yoga and I will definitely be back for more learning in the future.

K Glendenning

Absolutely delicious teacher training! Amazing how the poses trigger profound relaxation in the body which flows into creating stillness in the mind.

Debbie (Yoga Teacher)

Loved the open discussions amongst teachers and Mark’s style and openness

Lindsay Warren (teacher)