Yin & Restorative Teacher Training

“If you are kind to your body it will respond in an incredible way.”

Vanda Scaravelli

The Program

October 6-9 2017

4 Day Retreat in the beautiful Hudson Valley

Open to all yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, or anyone interested in learning more about Yin and Restorative practices. Upon completion, you will be certified to teach Yin and Restorative Yoga. You will receive 32 CEU credit hours through Yoga Alliance.

Course Topics

– History of Yin and Restorative practices

– Benefits of Yin and Restorative practices (Physical, energetic, mental and emotional)

– How to practice and teach over 40 Yin & Restorative poses

– How to utilize props to support individual body, spot tell-tale signs of discomfort and when to assist

– Incorporating yin and/or restorative poses to vinyasa sequence

– Creating intelligent sequence for yin and/or restorative class

– Teaching and assisting in group and in private lessons


Masako Miyakawa stumbled into a yoga class after having a particularly hard day in February 2001. The rest, as they say, is history. She practices yoga not only for its physical, mental, and emotional benefits, but because it is just so much fun! Sharing what she has learned and experienced with her students has brought her joy and happiness beyond allmeasure. Originating from Japan and having gone to an all-girls Buddhist school has prepared her to infuse Buddhist teachings with yogic philosophy, and weaving them into the class. She is known for her mindful, caring, kind, and light-hearted approach to yoga and to her students. Masako is a certified Integral Yoga and OM Yoga teacher, with additional training in restorative, yin, pre-and-post natal, and chair yoga.

The Curriculum

Have you ever thought of yoga (and life) in terms of yin and yang? Whether it’s yoga, or life in general, our body and mind are constantly in play of balance. In this teacher training, you will learn how to introduce and incorporate more quieting, grounding, meditative “yin” aspects of yoga to your own practice as well as in your teachings. Most of us expose ourselves to so many “yang” activities, such as work, play, exercise and even yoga. We are in a constant state of a stimulating sympathetic nervous system, ie. “fight or flight” response. With slower practice of yin and restorative, you can activate parasympathetic nervous system, ie “rest and digest” response so that we can lead more balanced life.

Although, yin and restorative practices are sometimes referred to as the same or similar, they have distinct differences. Yin yoga works on tight and contracting connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons and the myofascia. Each pose is held for several minutes at a time to help let go of the muscles’ efforts and to “exercise” the connectives tissues the way they need to be exercised, which is very passive.

Restorative yoga is the practice where your body is fully supported by props so that you can find ultimate relaxation–here we are not working on anything other than passively opening different parts of the body. You can say that restorative yoga is more “yin” than yin yoga and the effect of this practice is deeper relaxation of the body and mind, helps to restore and recover the body’s own ability to be whole.


“All that is important comes in quietness and waiting.”

Partrick Lindsay

The Retreat

The training is a 4-day intensive retreat at Lifebridge Sanctuary, a green retreat center nestled in the Hudson Valley, with expansive views of the Catskills. Away from the hustle of the city, we will use the time to hone technical skills as well as reflect on the spiritual and emotional aspects of the training journey. By sharing this time with peers and teachers, you will be able to build a community for your yoga practice, which will serve you for a lifetime.

Visit the Lifebridge Sanctuary webpage

Schedule & Tuition


Friday October 6 – Monday October 9, 2017


Arrive by 12pm


6-7pm Dinner


Saturday and Sunday-

8am-9am Breakfast


1pm-2pm Break and Lunch


6pm-7pm Break and Dinner



8am-9am Breakfast


1pm-2pm Lunch

Leave at 2pm



Tuition includes accommodations, meals, and all class hours on retreat in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

$1095 Early Bird (apply by Sept. 8th)

$1195 Standard (apply by Sept. 29th)

10% discount to our 200 hr graduates, unlimited members, and teachers on staff.

$150 application deposit is due upon acceptance and will go towards your tuition.

Materials required for the program: yoga mat, standard yoga bolster, two 4″ yoga blocks, one yoga strap, one eye pillow, and three yoga blankets.