Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

with Vickie Russell Bell

Learn to bring Restorative Yoga into your own practice and teaching in order to bring the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest) into dominance and promote healing. This 25-hour training has been developed for current yoga teachers, as well as body workers, coaches, therapists and health care professionals who work with the interplay between stress and healing. Advanced students who want to dive deeply into the study and practice of restorative yoga are also welcome.


June 8-12, 2017

Thursday 6:00-9:00pm
Friday 11:00-5:00pm
Sat+Sun 12:00-6:00pm
Monday 11:00-5:00pm

Namaste Berkeley
2820 7th Street
What does it mean to be at ease in this moment?

Restorative Yoga is about moving into a state of ease and being, and away from the normal activity of the body and mind. Stress has become an expected part of our lives, and rest is the opposite of stress. Restorative Yoga creates spaciousness and a deep sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.

In this training, all categories of asana will be practiced in a completely receptive way. Props will be used to support forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions, in order to bring the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest) into dominance. This is the state of being where healing happens.

Vickie Russell Bell will lead you through several full sequences of restorative poses. Following the practices, you will work with partners and small groups to set up and teach key poses, and learn how to utilize the breath and other tools to support deep relaxation. There will be lectures and discussion on the science of restorative yoga, the nervous system and stress hormones, how to build sequences, and how to bring restoratives to the practice when you have minimal props.

In this training, you will gain a deeper understanding of the important role of rest and the subtle energy body. You will leave this training equipped with the tools needed to build a restorative practice, incorporate restorative poses into active classes and develop personal programs for private students and to incorporate in to your own practice.

*This training qualifies as 25 hours of elective credit in the Namaste Professional 300 hour Teacher Training.


$575*, $525* early bird


A minimum of one year of consistent yoga practice is a prerequisite for this program.

*Payments are non-refundable, but may be converted to account credit (minus a $50 processing fee) if cancellation is received more than 1 week prior to training start date.


Vickie has been studying yoga since 1990 and began teaching in 1994 in Ohio. Her teaching style emphasizes body awareness, alignment, and the integration of mindfulness and ease in Hatha yoga practice and daily life. Vickie sees yoga as a direct way to manipulate the nervous system in a world full of stimulation and stress. Her intention is to help her students to increase their level of daily awareness and consciousness, so that they might begin to unearth the Truth of who they really are.

She is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio Advanced Training Program and a certified “Relax and Renew Trainer” through Judith Lasater’s accredited program. Vickie is also on the core faculty for the Advanced Training Program at PYS.