Ali Masterman
Ali Masterman
Ali Masterman
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I am really excited to annouce my first Restorative yoga training with Joyce McMiken. Something Joyce and I have been working on for a while.

In this in person Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with myself and Joyce and guest teacher Dr Andrew McGonigle you will deepen your own practice and learn how to skilfully teach restorative yoga, how to set-up, modify, work creatively with props, adjust postures and make them accessible.   You will learn what makes restorative yoga such a powerful practice, exploring the effects of restorative yoga on the nervous system and its ability to help combat anxiety and stress and improve physical and mental health.  The training will explore how the practice can help us to listen deeply to uncover our true nature and how we as teachers can help facilitate this.   The course is suitable for qualified yoga teachers, teacher trainees and practitioners who want to deepen their knowledge of restorative yoga.

Our course content will include; daily restorative yoga practice , fundamental restorative poses; set-up, modifications, adjustments, benefits of restorative yoga & contraindications, the history of restorative yoga, the science behind restorative yoga and particular asanas, the yoga philosophy that underpins restorative yoga, how to sequence a restorative class and feel comfortable with props, reflection and journaling, inquiry and Q & R sessions, an exploration of what restorative yoga is and what it is not , an introduction to meditation , teaching skills – getting comfortable with silence, breath awareness, language & voice, a safe space, participants will be expected to participate in two classes and observe two classes with Ali Masterman or Joyce McMiken and write a short reflective account of their experience by 4 April 2024.


Everyone is welcome to join.  It is recommended that participants have some experience of restorative yoga before attending the course.  Those wishing to teach restorative yoga must already have a Yoga Teacher Training Diploma.  


This training qualifies for CPD with Yoga Alliance Professionals. In order to teach restorative yoga participants must already have a Yoga Teacher Training Diploma. You need to attend the full training to receive the certificate.

The training will be taking place over two weekends , 20 and 21 January &  2 – 4 February 2024 at The Arc Community Space, 98b St Paul Street, London, N1 7DF

Early Bird – £550 – until 1 November 2023 then £599.

Deposit – Payment of £150 deposit secures a place. Please note that this deposit is non-refundable.  The balance will need to be paid 8 weeks before the course starts (1 December 2023). 

Bursary opportunities – two places on every course are available at 25% discount of full price (£599).  If you need one of these two places please email us on   These places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Cancellation Policy

All deposits are non-refundable.  If you cancel your place within 8 weeks of the course starting we are unable to offer you a refund.  If you need to leave the course for any reason once the course has started, we are unable to offer you a refund or defer your course place.  In the unlikely event that we need to cancel the course you will be refunded 100% of all money paid.

Bookings to be made here:


We reserve the right to photograph or film during the course and to use these images for marketing purposes. Please let us know beforehand if you are not comfortable with this.

About our teachers;

Ali Masterman

Ali is a compassionate and insightful yoga teacher with 20 year’s experience.  Her initial teacher training was at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala.   Ali is a specialist in women’s health, including pre and post natal, which corresponded with her own pregnancies, and studied with Francoise Freedman of Birthlight and Nadia Narain of triyoga.  Most recently, Ali trained in Menopause Yoga with Petra Coveney and later went on to deliver the restorative yoga element of this training course.  Ali is an experienced external assessor on teacher training courses;  including the Menopause Training and for many years triyoga’s 200 hour Teacher Training. 

During two decades of teaching,  Ali has trained with many internationally renowned teachers.  However, it is Restorative Yoga that really resonated the most, having studied to an advanced level with Judith Hanson Lasater and Anna Ashby who she continues to study with each year. She has trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and holds the highest level of training with Yoga Alliance Professionals.  Ali teaches weekly restorative classes and works on a 1: 1 basis with clients across London. 

Joyce McMiken

Joyce is a long term practitioner and experienced teacher with a good understanding of anatomy and yoga philosophy.  She spent many years studying in India and is a KPJAYI Authorised Ashtanga Teacher.  It was during this time that she developed a keen interest in the philosophy and roots of yoga.  She started teaching in 2007 after taking triyoga’s first teacher training programme.  She holds an MA with distinction in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and is a senior teacher in the UK,  holding the highest level of certification with Yoga Alliance Professionals.  

She specialises in teaching Restorative Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga, guides weekly meditation classes and is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. Her classes and workshops are often inspired by the teachings found in traditional texts.  Over the years, she has trained with many renowned teachers but believes the real learning takes place when you have a consistent practice.

In addition to teaching yoga, Joyce is a qualified BTEC Level 5 Soft Tissue and Remedial Massage therapist and has been treating people for more than 20 years. 

Andrew McGonigle 

Andrew has been studying anatomy for over twenty years, originally training to become a doctor and then moving away from Western medicine to become a yoga teacher, massage therapist and anatomy teacher. He combines his skills and experience to teach anatomy and physiology on Yoga Teacher Training courses internationally and runs his own Yoga Anatomy Online Course. His book Supporting Yoga Students with Common Injuries and Conditions: A Handbook for Yoga Teachers and Trainees was published in March 2021 and his most recent book The Physiology of Yoga was published in June 2022. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband. For more information visit: Instagram: @doctoryogi Facebook: @doctoryogiandrew

I teach real yoga to real people. It’s not about fancy poses, it’s about feeling it from within, slowing your body and breath down to encourage a more peaceful mind and restful body.

For over a decade I have taught classes in London, teaching everyone from children to adults specialising in restorative, pregnancy and post-natal, creating a relaxed and warm environment with an informal, community feel.

I completed my initial teaching training on an ashram in India and have built on this by studying with internationally renowned teachers including Judith Lasater Hanson, Anna Ashby, Nadia Narain, Francoise Freedman, Susannah Hoffman, Tiffany Cruikshank, Liz Koch, Michel Odent and Liliana Hammers.

I am an external assessor for the triyoga teacher programme with Anna Ashby and Tony Watson, I teach alongside Nadia Narain on the triyoga Post-Natal training and I am a qualified massage therapist and doula.

Latest schedule

Monday9:45am – 11amHathaDown to Earth
Monday8pm – 9pmRestorativeHome studio
Wednesday4pm – 5:30pmRestorativetriyoga
Friday4pm – 5:30pmRestorativetriyoga
Every other Friday
(1st / 3rd month)
8pm – 9:15pm

Restorative & MeditationDown to Earth


I run restorative workshops throughout the Autumn, Winter and Spring months through Down to Earth in Tufnell Park.

These are 2 hours of glorious you time allowing your body to reset ready for the hectic world we live in. If you would like to receive information about these workshops please contact me.

The next workshop will be Sunday 10th February 4-6pm at Down to Earth

Further workshops coming soon:
Sunday 10th March
Sunday 31st March – Mothers Day workshop.

All workshops need to be booked direct with Down to Earth.

Other news: I am about to run my first ever retreat in South West France at this beautiful place with the wonderful pilates teacher Anna Longmuir. Drop me an email if you are interested.

Contact details

Telephone: 020 7485 5910
Mobile:       07976 791590

Private and small group yoga can be arranged.

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