Restorative yoga offers therapeutic tools to truly rest and replenish energy in stressful and exhausting times. So much of the way that we regenerate, restore, replenish and reset is determined by the health and functionality of our nervous system and our respiratory system. The restorative poses access the “switch” to create states of deep relaxation for the body and mind. There are many health benefits in practicing deep relaxation: lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduced insomnia, and improved digestion and fertility.



  • The architecture of all restorative poses: backbends, forward bends, therapeutic poses and poses for pregnancy poses for special cases.
  • Emphasis on energetic and physical alignment in the poses.
  • Learn how to guide students into states of deep relaxation.
  • Explore the human nervous system (Sympathetic and parasympathetic) and subtle body systems.
  •  Proper and activated breathing patterns.
  • Healthy vagal nerve tone.
  • A special sound bath with Jessica Caplan.
  • How to structure a restorative class, hands-on adjustments and role of music/sound.
  • How to explain the benefits of restorative yoga to your students.>> You will leave this training able to create and practice a customized restorative yoga practice as well as knowledge on how to incorporate restorative poses in your regular asana classes.

*This course is also open to students with a steady practice who wish to learn more about Restorative Yoga.




GUEST TEACHERS: Jessica Caplan


“Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times” by Judith Lasater
Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu Translated by Stephen Mitchell



  • Take three Yoga Vida Restorative classes
  • Practice teaching with assists – two hours with classmates
  • Approximately one hour of homework


DATES & TIMES: January 10-12, 2020

  • Friday: 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-6:30pm
  • Sunday: 9:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-6:30pm


LOCATION: Noho: 666 Broadway @ Bond St, 3rd Floor


Payment Deadline – January 5, 2020

Early Bird Deadline – December 15, 2019
*For the Early Bird Rate, full payment must be made by the Early Bird Deadline.


TO REGISTER: If you have not already, please complete the 300 hr application for our records, even if you’re not planning to enroll in the complete 300 hour program: For non-applicable questions, write N/A.  Then, please make payment in full, to guarantee a spot.*  (For this 25-hour training, all applicants will be accepted, space permitting.) Registration opens 9/29/19.


* A FREE MONTH OF UNLIMITED YOGA CLASSES begins the day you pay your full tuition! No refunds within 31 days before the program begins, and refunds requested more than 31 days before the program begins lose $150 processing fee only.



Abby Paloma has taught yoga compassionately for over a decade.  Her teaching style reveres stillness and deep rest as antidotes to our fast-paced and dis-eased modern lifestyles. Abby’s work as a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine informs her yoga practice and vice versa. Passionate in her study of anatomy and her exploration of how human bodies move, Abby easefully blends theory with practical knowledge. Abby often turns to the teachings of the Tao Te Ching and the laws of nature for inspiration. She strives to practice and teach compassion while learning from each student, and facilitates an environment where everyone in the room can learn from one another.

Abby earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and Jungian psychology from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.  She is accredited as a 500-hr Yoga Alliance and as an Advanced Restorative Yoga teacher.  Abby is grateful to her teachers, including Judith Lasater, Aswad Foster, Elena Brower, Margi Young, Thea Eljiah, Sylvia Boorstein, Barnaby Ruhe, and Mother Nature.


Jessica is a certified sound therapist, vocalist, and yoga instructor currently based in the Hudson Valley. She creates unique yoga and meditative sound experiences, workshops, retreats and trainings that weave her passions for music as medicine, the voice as sacred channel, and the power of community and self-connection. She has crafted soundscapes for classes and led workshops and sound baths at the Rubin Museum, ABC Carpet & Home, Maha Rose, Kula Yoga Project, Stanton Street Yoga, Yoga Shanti and Envision Festival in Costa Rica.


“Calmness and openness are just the kind of embraces one hopes for when deciding to enroll in a restorative yoga teacher training. And this is exactly what you’ll get from Abby. Her restorative teacher training is filled with hands-on work, both in setting up postures and in receiving them. The space she creates for learning is the type of space I hope to bring into every class I teach, regardless of the style of yoga.” -Karen S.

“It was an honor and an inspiration to learn from Abby and her community of genuine, talented, and brilliant women. I got more out of this weekend than I could ever have expected. Not only am I prepared to teach a restorative yoga class, but I also left with tools to be a more relaxed and restorative human in everyday life. Abby presents her knowledge with such gentle grace and ease; she presents in a nature that is not only effective but also reflective of the practice itself … So much so that I had a huge breakthrough moment in my own ability to relax.” – Sarah V.

“Abby’s restorative yoga teacher training was a comprehensive, fluid, and in-depth exploration into the teachings and background of this restful style of yoga. I would recommend it to anyone looking to dive deeper into the practice of yoga and into themselves.” -Megan W.

“Abby’s training completely exceeded my expectations! She is so knowledgeable about the science of rest, and I loved the way the training blended theory with practical knowledge. I left the training feeling empowered to actually teach a Restorative class and empowered as well to offer a deeper level of presence to all of my future students. I will be incorporating so much of what I learned into my personal life as well. Highly recommended!” – Eileen G.

“This restorative module was one the best yoga trainings that I’ve ever taken. It was helpful for my development both as a teacher and as a student. It taught me to be still, to pause, and to rest more. All of the teachers and assistants were knowledgeable and compassionate — just being in their presence made the weekend worth it.” – Andrea

“The Medicine of Emptiness training was one of the most valuable I’ve experienced- not only for myself as a teacher, but for myself as a person. I left the training with a much better understanding of the human nervous system and the dire need for rest as well as a toolkit for helping myself and others into restful, restorative poses as an antidote for our modern lifestyle.” – Courtney D.