Bringing Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness into your Teaching

20 hour Yoga Alliance recognized speciality teacher training course

21/22/23 February 2020
Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Price: €250

Restorative Yoga Practices are becoming more popular with the demands and busy pace of daily modern life.
Indeed, the attraction to a more stillness based practice is something all human beings are naturally drawn too at some stage in life; and this ancient understanding is needed more than ever in the sensory overload of the world we live in today

Restorative Yoga is a subtle but powerful approach to practice that releases stress, regulates emotional imbalances, improves immune function, digestive function, helps with injuries and – for when the dedicated yogi is really tired but still wants to practice – it is a good option for centering, rebalancing and recharging the system on all levels. Restorative yoga is a slow, gentle & nurturing meditative practice. It is a practice of developing awareness of our internal landscape through Asana, rest, breath & stillness

On this weekend intensive we will explore the skills required to bring Restorative tools into your classes or your own practice.
In this training there will be plenty of practical sessions of restorative yoga and yoga nidra combined. You will get to experience the benefits of The poses and learn a variety of postures and sequencing to bring into your classes or to simply bring into your own home practice.

We will also explore how to bring the art of mindfulness into restorative practices, yin practices and how to guide meditations & Yoga Nidra.

Friday 21st: 6.30pm – 9.30pm


  • Introduction to Yoga Nidra theory & history.
  • The benefits of Yoga Nidra physiologically & energetically.
  • Introduction to Mindfulness.
  • How to incorporate Mindfulness into Yoga Classes.
  • Variations of mindfulness practices.


Saturday 22nd: 9am – 6.30pm


  • Restorative Yoga in Practice
  • Restorative Yoga through Sequencing
  • Yoga Nidra in practice
  • Restorative yoga with Props
  • The Benefits of Restorative Postures
  • Working with Injuries & Teaching Skills


Sunday 23rd:  9am – 6.30pm


  • Restorative Yoga in Teaching Skills.
  • How to incorporate restorative practices in your class.
  • Benefits of and Resources for a Mindfulness Home practice for teachers and teacher trainees.
  • Teaching Restorative Asana & Restorative Flow.
  • Learning how to create & deliver Yoga Nidra.


A certificate of completion will be issued to those who complete all 20 hours of Yoga Mala. Over a period of time these Yoga Mala courses can be added up to amount to Yoga Alliance recognized 300 hour advanced YTT certification.

Please note, the timetable may be subject to change or rearrangement without notice. Course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Cara Chotiner

Cara ChotinerCara’s original training was in the Sivananda tradition, which continues to be the main influence in her teaching style today. Additional styles include Vinyasa, Astanga, Iyengar, Satyananda, Ananda & Bikram. All of which have deepened her personal and teaching practices. She has studied pranayama within the Sivananda Yoga tradition and also with Phillip Xerri.

Cara has had the privilege to train with such respected teachers as David Swenson, Granville Cousins, Godfrey Devereux, Danny Paradise & various Iyengar teachers of all levels. She has been teaching yoga since 1997 and is one of the resident instructors for Samadhi Studios Teacher training. Incorporating a varied approach from many yoga schools, Cara brings a challenging yet very therapeutic sequence accessible to all levels in her classes. She is one of our regular Saturday morning teachers keeping it stretchy at the weekends!

“Atma Namaste to the Samadhi TT team for their unconditional yoga kinship and bringing me into the Samadhi family. Thank you for your fun, friendship & teaching! My practice of meditation and pranayama is from the guidance and instruction of my most beloved Sat Guru Maha Atma GMCKS. I will always be eternally grateful & inspired by his loving direction and dedicate my practice & teaching to his life’s work and priceless service to humanity.”

Maggie Dunne

Maggie DunneI did a lot of my studying in Australia, where I spent 8 years living in Sydney.

I Began… studying an”advanced diploma of integrated body therapies” full time and loved every minute as I have a big interest in the body, how it works and how to maintain it.

After I finished I worked full time as a remedial massage therapist, but not for long as my interest in yoga grew stronger I decided to complete a “diploma of yoga teacher training” at Nature Care College Sydney. It was challenging and amazing, life changing. Since then yoga has become not only my hobby but a way of living that makes me feel great, keeps my body working properly and most of all keeps my mind peaceful and relaxed.

The philosophy of Yoga, and its texts are amazing little treasures of knowledge that make so much sense to me, constantly putting life into perspective. I Feel that I have only touched on all that there is to learn in yoga, and hope I can keep learning and passing on my knowledge to others.

I completed a diploma of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Limerick in 2010.

I have been studying movement medicine with David Money for the past 6 years and I have continued studying Yoga with teachers such as Shiva Rea, Donna Farhi, John frend, Mia Finnes, Gurmuck and many others. I practice study and Love Vipassana buddhist meditation and I am enjoying exploring meditation more at present. So enough about me….maybe see you at one of my classes soon.