Creating Sanctuary
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
with Full & Minimal Props

with Narisara Vanichanan

Hybrid Training—Online + In Person
This training will take place online, live via Zoom with the option to attend in-person at our NYC studio on Sunday, 5/23.*

2021 dates:
Thursday, May 20, 7–8:05pm (Zoom / open yin + restorative class)
Friday, May 21, 6–8pm (Zoom)
Saturday, May 22, 10am–5pm (Zoom)
Sunday, May 23, 10am–5pm (Optional in-studio hours + Zoom)

Tuition includes optional participation in Narisara’s next live online workshop:
—Calm, Free & Fearless: Strengthening the Brahmaviharas—Lovingkindness, Compassion, Altruistic Joy & Equanimity / Friday, May 14, 2021 6:30–8:30pm / info here

$475 (includes a 1-week pass of unlimited classes at Now Yoga)

Students will receive a certificate of completion, which may be applied as 24 CEUs for registered yoga teachers or toward our Yoga Alliance accredited 300-hr RYT certification.

*COVID safety guidelines will be observed within the studio at all times during and between hours of operation. For as long as these restrictions are in place, protocol will include (but are not limited to) health/vaccination pre-screening, spaced mats for distance, capacity limitations, and use of masks.

about the training

Slow down, disconnect from the turbulence of modern life, cultivate subtle awareness, and reconnect. Nourish your students through the practice of restorative yoga.

In this live, online training, immerse yourself in the nourishing practice and science of teaching restorative yoga. Restorative yoga is a practice of receiving support and guiding the body into tranquility & healing. With the aid of props, the practitioner is placed in poses which soothe the nervous system, relaxes the mind, calms the spirit, boosts the immune system, and helps hormonal balance. Through demonstration, lecture, additional workshops, and practice-teaching, participants will:

—Practice several, luxurious Restorative Yoga postures, deepening one’s personal understanding
—Offer minimal prop, no-prop, and substitute prop variations for online classes
—Learn the science and anatomy behind stress and its detrimental effects on health
—Understand the importance of rest for the mind, emotions, physical and energetic bodies
—Create set-ups and adjustments for mental, emotional & physical conditions, as well as different body types.
—Questions & discussion on Trauma & Race-based Trauma and Restorative Yoga
—Discuss environmental cues (music, sound, scent) that may enhance relaxation and renewal
—Best practices and suggestions on teaching online Restorative classes vs. in-person classes
—How to sequence Restorative postures into public classes and with private clients

This training is open to certified yoga instructors and enthusiastic restorative students who have a dedicated yoga practice.

Props for this training are:

—a firm yoga bolster (appropriate length for your spine)
—2 yoga blocks (foam or cork)
—2 yoga blankets
—a yoga strap
—a chair or wall
—an eye pillow or hand towel. 

Additional blocks, and a yoga sandbag are optional but not required. Firm pillows, couch cushions, beach towels, large pots, or thick, hard books will suffice but are not ideal for in-depth, long-term practice.  

All students will receive a Restorative Yoga manual. 

Required reading: 
Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress & Trauma, by Dr. Gail Parker, Ph.D. 

Homework will be assigned in teaching & personal Restorative practice to receive CEUs. 

about the teacher

For Narisara Vanichanan (E-RYT 500), a former dancer & practicing Theravada Buddhist, teaching yoga is an opportunity to help students find clarity, renewed energy, and spacious stillness. She offers a creative but structured environment where the present moment is honored. Narisara is a teacher trainer specializing in calm, abiding practices, such as mindful movement, restorative yoga, yin yoga, and meditation. She draws inspiration from nature, healthy living, and the unexpected in urban life.

Narisara (ERYT-500, YACEP) is completing her training as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist and is studying Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupressure. In 2009, she received her yoga teacher training from Om Yoga Center and studied advanced anatomy for three years at The Breathing Project. She has been practicing vipassana (insight) meditation and formal Dhamma study with Wat Florida Dhammaran & New York Downtown Meditation Community. She teaches yoga & mindful meditation to artists at Pratt Institute.

Narisara has taught yoga at residential meditation retreats, corporate law firms, and universities. Her certifications also include The Roll Method® massage therapy balls, Yoga4Cancer, hand mudras, pranayama, and Yoga Nidra.