Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Dates: 2 – 3 November & 15 – 17 November 2024
at Light Centre, 36 St Mary at Hill, London, EC3R 8DU

Nearest tube station: Monument

In this in-person Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with myself, Joyce McMiken 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.

Course Content 

  • 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
  • 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 20th December 2024.

Eligibility & Accreditation

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. You need to attend the full training to receive the certificate.

About the teachers

Ali Masterman

Ali is a compassionate and insightful yoga teacher with 20 year’s experience.

Read more about Ali

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.

Read more about Joyce

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.

Read more about Andrew

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


Price, Payment & Cancellation

Cost: £599

Deposit of £150 deposit secures a place.

All deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel 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.

Early Bird: £550 until 31st July 2024

Bursary Opportunities:

2 places are available at 25% discount of the full price (£599). If you feel that you NEED one of these two places in order to be able to attend please email us. These places are offered on a first-come, first served basis.

If you miss a part of the course due to illness or unforeseen circumstances you may still be eligible for a certificate but you will need to arrange a separate session to cover the material with Ali or Joyce. There will be an additional charge for this.

Photography: 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.

Venue & Timings

Address: Light Centre, 36 St Mary at Hill, London, EC3R 8DU

Dates: 2-3 November & 16 & 17 November 2024
Timing: 9.30am – 6pm each day
Plus Friday 15th November from 6.30 – 8.30pm online with Andrew McGonigle

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