Restorative Yoga & CPD Training

'The Art and Science of Restorative Yoga'


27 - 30 May 2019 @ Emerson College, Forest Row, E.Sussex

Welcome to my Restorative Yoga Training Syllabus, which has been available to view online since 8th January 2019.
The course content below has been approved and listed by the Yoga Alliance UK since 17th January 2019.

About Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga facilitates rest & repair in the systems in the body and promotes healing, growth and rejuvenation. To be able to rest fully is vital for optimal mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Society needs Restorative Yoga Teachers!

Learning to teach Restorative Yoga effectively, knowledgeably, safely & with artistry will allow you to reach a wider scope of student and make a difference to more people. It will also give you more practical tools, inspiration and motivation to practice radical self-care.

The rapid acceleration of technology & the onslaught of continual stimulation / information means that the type of electrical activity saturating the brain leads to heightened (hyper) anxiety and altered arousal responses, causing more fear, anxiety, depression, stress, frustration, mental cloudiness and diminishing higher, intuitive-transpersonal mental functioning; in other words, a shutting down of our higher intuitive abilities and spiritual awareness.

Vigorous Yoga styles have tended to dominate the modern Yoga movement with fantastic benefits in their own right. The pace, exercise, stimulation & activity inherent in these styles means that the electrical activity in the brain may sometimes remain in an excited state or partially excited.

Where are we offering our students the chance to develop the art of going slow? The capacity to truly switch off? To become deeply quiet? To soften? To experience the medicine of ‘not-doing’? To taste the tonic of profound surrender? Where are we offering our students brains and bodies the chance to recover, to step OUT of the hyper-charged feeling of having to be ‘on’ all the time?

It is my firm belief that Yoga Teachers have the opportunity to counter the fast-pace conditioning that is causing so much harm to our tired bodies and frazzled minds. We can help steer the collective consciousness towards a radically slow, more mindful way of being. Here is a blog I wrote last Winter about Restorative Yoga as a radical and political act.

Please note, the yoga events listed in the above blog have now passed. For active Restorative Yoga Workshops with Emma, click here. 

Most folk are longing for and desperately in need of gentle, quiet & still yoga sessions more than ever before. This style of Yoga is a fabulous tonic for anyone living a modern life and may be particularly beneficial for those with ME, CFS, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Burnout, Stress, Adrenal Fatigue, Anxiety & Overwhelm


A 40 hour Level One training course for Yoga Teachers to train in the art and science of teaching Restorative Yoga. Movement teachers and wellness practitioners are welcome to apply if they have at least one year’s yoga practice.


“Emma, I thought your teaching skills were great and your passion and knowledge of restorative yoga came across so well. I’d love to come to your course in May” Laura Clark, attended ‘Intro to Teaching Restorative Yoga’ at The Float Spa, Hove 2019

“Thank you for the workshop today. Brilliant and Inspiring” Sandra Staley, attended ‘Intro to Teaching Restorative Yoga’  at The Red Cross Centre, Oxted, 2019

“The Teacher is warm, approachable & knowledgable about aspects of yoga I would like to know more about. The syllabus is detailed and varied. Emma’s example training manual handout was very detailed.”  Hannah Cowley, attended ‘Intro to Teaching Restorative Yoga’  The Float Spa, Hove 2019

“I enjoy Emma’s style of teaching and approach because it is fun, clear and profound. The syllabus sounds great and is an interesting blend of Restorative Yoga alongside Somatics, Trauma-awareness and creativity. I look forward to putting it all into practice and start teaching restorative yoga” Emma Verey attended ‘Intro to Teaching Restorative Yoga’ The Float Spa, Hove 2019

‘Your workshop was well-planned and inspirational – Many Thanks!” Frances Keeble, attended ‘Intro to Teaching Restorative Yoga’  at The Red Cross Centre, Oxted, 2019

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction & Meditation Practice
  • Physiology of Relaxation
  • Restorative Poses Part 1(setting up poses, variations+adaptations, transitions, teaching & hands-on assists)
  • Voice & Language
  • Meditation Practice
  • Restorative Poses Part 2 (setting up poses, variations+adaptations, transitions, teaching & hands-on assists)
  • Music / Sound / Silence
  • Somatic Experiencing 
  • Sequencing & Theming
  • Meditation Practice
  • Teaching Skills and Ethics, Accountability
  • Environmental Awareness Part 1
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Restorative Poses Part 3 (setting up poses, variations+adaptations, transitions, teaching & hands-on assists)
  • Meditation Practice
  • Yoga Philosophy in the Context of Restorative Yoga
  • Environmental Awareness Part 2
  • Restorative Yoga Poses Part 4 (setting up poses, variations+adaptations, transitions, teaching & hands-on assists)
  • Reflection & Integration

What makes this course unique?

Led well, Somatic practices are an excellent way of beginning a Restorative Yoga Session. Rather than going directly from ‘doing’ to ‘not doing’, these exercises create an embodied, felt sense of grounded safety and security. This puts people at ease and creates an excellent platform for beginning the journey of relaxation. Somatic exercises promote gentle, mindful self-connection so that guests can contact ‘presence’ within themselves before moving into the Restorative Session that follows. This can help to promote self-regulation & attunement and can diffuse nerves, anxiety, fear of the unknown & dissociation.

This is such an important knowledge base to have as a Yoga Teacher since many people who come to our classes may be (and in my experience often are) struggling in ways that cannot be seen or known to us immediately. To have an understanding of the impact of trauma, how we can become attuned to notice and support people if it shows up in class, how we can be attuned to notice and support ourselves when it shows up in class or in you (!) and so how we can best serve ourselves and our students by educating ourselves about trauma and triggers.

Find your workshop signature (Tutors: Emma Cole – Degree in Dance  & Vocational training in Physical Theatre & Ashley Ramsden – International Storyteller and Sacred Poet). Receive expert guidance, practice & tuition around delivering words in yoga sessions: Tone, intonation, diction, vocal texture, connecting voice to spirit, projection without shouting, pacing, pause. Find the sweetness & the sacred within yourself and bring this to the table with an artistry that delicately elevates your offerings rather than distracting from them.

A radical framework for life! An introduction to the work of Marshall Rosenberg: Feelings, Needs, Empathy & Boundaries. Enrich your professional manner & serve others with compassion & care whilst preserving and protecting your own time & energy

Sangha (like-minded community) & Sadhana (spiritual routine that is alive with authenticity & intention) generates a potent space for inner growth & absorption. Together we will sit, breath & connect to ourselves and our group every day with mindfulness as we embark on the learning of knowledge & information, that our learning may be integrated into all aspects of our being. 

This course is a radical opportunity for professional growth, personal artistry & potent self-development! It contains valuable & enriching professional content, not normally included in Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings. As well as a sturdy foundation in technical knowledge & teaching skills specific to this style of Yoga, this course also shares the humanistic, holistic & artistic ingredients that have given Emma’s Restorative Yoga Sessions an appreciated, well attended and highly regarded signature. It’s not just about what we know, it’s about how we relate, how we support & acknowledge our students with authenticity & integrity and how we take care with the smaller details.

Who is the course aimed at?

Qualified yoga teachers (200 hours minimum with at least 1 year teaching experience) who have either recognised their own need for Restorative Yoga and/or who want to guide others they teach – either in specifically tailored classes or workshops.

Trainee yoga teachers, therapists & anyone with an interest in or passion for Restorative Yoga is most welcome to attend this immersion course for self-care and self-development and to run not-for-profit sessions to friends and family. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to relevant experience.

How is the course assessed?

At the end of the course, an assessment will be set for those who are wishing to gain certification. This will be a written exploration of a restorative teaching practice designed by you along with a ‘reflective practice summary’ post-teaching it to a case study individual or small group case study. This will include observations about what is alive for you in relationship to the class you led. The full assessment criteria will be set out during the immersion. Completion of the course is granted on submitting the assessment within a month of the last date of the taught course. If the assessment is not up to pass standard, then constructive feedback will be given and one more submission (within one week) will be allowed. Those who do not pass will then have the option to redo the course at 20% discount. 


On completion of the course and assignment, graduate Yoga Teachers will receive a Yoga Alliance certified 40hr Restorative Yoga Teaching Certificate. Non-Teachers can receive a certificate of attendance upon request. Training hours can be used for CPD points e.g. Yoga Alliance CEP and YAP, British Wheel, General Osteopathic Council. Please check with your Professional Body for details.


Monday 27th May – 9.00am-6.00pm
Tuesday 28th May – 9.00am-6.00pm
Wednesday 29th May – 9.00am-5.00pm
Thursday 30th May – 9.00am-5.00pm

EARLYBIRD £530 (by March 1st)
DEPOSIT £150 (Reserve Earlybird)

Deposits are non-refundable.
Both Earlybird and Full Cost booking have 2 payment options. 

EARLYBIRD (2 options)

1. £530 paid in full by 1st March (£150 Deposit + £380)

2. £530 paid in Instalments (£150 Deposit) + (£200 by 1st March) + (£180 by 1st May)

FULL FEE (also 2 options)

1. £595 paid in full after 1st March (or thereafter if spaces are available)
2. £595 paid in instalments (£150 Deposit by 1st Feb) + (£200 by 1st March) + (£200 by 1st April) + (£145 by 1st May)


40 Hours: 30 Teaching hours, 5 hours reading, 5 hour home practice, reflection and journalling.

Daily Hot Lunch Meal provided by Emerson College chefs (Vegetarian / Vegan).

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX. The College is 45 minutes drive from Brighton and is easily commutable if travelling by car. The College is 10 minutes by taxi from East Grinstead Station.
Please find more travel info here

Emerson college is a beautiful rural site – a stately home with modern teaching facilities, surrounded by fields, meadows and woods. The college is renowned for land-based studies, therapeutic education and the arts, including fantastic sculpture and story-telling.

Emerson College is a centre of education for adults that addresses the need for human approaches to today’s urgent questions. It provides opportunities for learning and transformation through education, practical initiatives, research and community building. Emerson’s aim is to develop, practice and share ways of working and living that encourage free thinking, imagination and responsibility in the world.

Local accommodation
For those of you travelling from further afield, there are a number of affordable local inns and hotels (as well as eateries and supermarkets). Ask me for further details.

Accommodation at Emerson
Emerson accommodation is dependant on the number of people booking onto the course. If numbers are large enough, we will open up booking to stay at Emerson College itself which would also include dinner time meals. The additional cost of this would be £200 (3 x nights accommodation, 3 x dinners, 3 x breakfasts) made payable to Emma Cole Yoga and would be separate from the training course fee.

How to Apply

Click the ‘Apply Now’ button, complete the form and I will be in contact to answer any questions and approve the application. On approval I will supply you with a link to a Booking Form and details for the deposit to secure your place.

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