Specialty Yoga Trainings

Yoga Nidra, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Resorative Yoga, and Accessible Yoga
Students lying in savasana practicing yoga nidra

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra is the art of conscious relaxation. You will learn techniques which will allow you to reach new states of conscious awareness with acute perception of both your physical and subtle body. As you practice these techniques you will feel the flow of prana move through physical, emotional, and energetic blockages. The end result is the healing of the body and mind and the expansion of consciousness. During this program, students will both experience yoga nidra, and learn how to teach it to others. Upon completion, students will be prepared to offer this service to their community.

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga is designed for teachers to teach students who need to have the basic yoga postures modified due to age, weight, illness, injury or limited flexibility.  Due to poor lifestyles and chronic stress, many students come to yoga unable to safely practice the postures.  In keeping with the principle of ahimsa (nonviolence), teachers will learn to teach how to modify the asanas so that their students can benefit from a physical practice as they build the strength and resilience to perform the full postures.


  • Help yoga teachers evaluate limitations in their students and suggest modifications of the poses for them
  • Include routines for those who need to practice in a chair
  • Experience the modifications themselves in class as well as learn them in more detail in workshops
  • Include discussions on the philosophy and psychology of teaching gentle yoga
Teaching gentle yoga outside in the grass

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a very gentle yoga practice designed to calm the nervous system and create overall health in the body. It offers simple yet powerful postures that can be integrated into existing yoga classes, healing treatments, or used to teach restorative specific classes. Restorative Yoga is a regenerative healing tool that reduces stress by supporting the body’s innate responses towards homeostasis and health. Through the use of supported yoga postures, breathing and meditative techniques, a profound sense of relaxation can infuse one’s entire being which leads to healing.  Restorative Yoga techniques are helpful in the treatment of nervous system disorders, such as insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and also with specific ailments such as cancer, although it often used for structural re-alignment and the healing of injuries.  When the body is fully supported, it will naturally relax, releasing deeply held tensions. Restorative yoga is the yoga of non-doing, and focuses on effortlessness and ease, using well-placed blankets, bolsters, yoga straps, and chairs to safely support the body in various postures. This process invokes a natural state of balance, regeneration, and healing rest.
Teaching Restorative Yoga at the yoga Farm
Teaching accessible yoga to modify for students

Accessible Yoga

In the Accessible Yoga, we’ll answer the question, “Who deserves the teachings of yoga?” And we’ll look at practical ways to make the teachings and practices of yoga available to all students regardless of ability or background. In particular, we’ll look at how to integrate different levels of ability into our classes so that we can serve the needs of all of our students. We’ll consider how the essential principals of yoga are accessible to everyone, and how the challenges that come with disability, illness and pain can lead to greater wisdom and insight. The program will include a mixture of yoga practice, lectures, small group work, and practice teaching. Here is a link to our Accessible Yoga teacher’s website >>

Upcoming Dates

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July 25 - 28, 2024 Restorative Yoga Weekend $375.00


Dr. Marc Halpern (Dr. Siva)

Dr. Marc Halpern (Dr. Siva) is founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda, the oldest school of Ayurvedic Medicine in the United States. He is a leader in the development of Ayurvedic Medicine in the United States. He is the initiator and co-founder of the National…

Leai Ho

Leai is currently enrolled in the 800-hour Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training. She has completed a total of 500 hours of yoga teacher Training, including 200 hours from the Sivananda Teacher Training Course. She holds certificates in Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training with Duke Health and Well-Being,…

Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, eRYT500, is founder of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers Conferences, Trainings, an Ambassador program dedicated to sharing yoga with every body. He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral…

Tara Durga Devi

Tara Durga Devi has been teaching yoga and meditation for 40 years and was co-founder and owner of The Yoga Center, an affiliated Sivananda Yoga center in Stockton, CA. She has been trained in Yoga Therapy and is a graduate of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC)…

Nora Benian (Sundari)

Nora Benian (Sundari) E-RYT 500, is a Yoga therapist, professional counselor and Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and has a diploma in Homeopathy. Nora teaches yoga workshops and teacher trainings across the continent and in the Caribbean, specializing in Restorative, Yin, Therapeutic and Hatha Yoga. The lectures, classes and…